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Russian MPs suggests fines up to €3,400 for ‘LGBT propaganda’

Alexander Khinshtein, the chairman of the State Duma’s Committee on Information Policy, has offered Russia’s government to evaluate his bill on “LGBT and paedophilia propaganda” which involves fines of up to 200,000 rubles (€3,400).

Corporate entities will face up to 4,000,000 rubles (€67,000) in fines or suspension of all activities up to 90 days; foreign nationals will be arrested for 15 days and then deported.

“Public encouragement of non-traditional sexual relationships is dangerous not only to children and young people who are not yet able to think critically, but also for the entire society as it threatens our country’s population growth and economical development. Moreover, such propaganda is against Russia’s new Constitution,” reads the bill’s explanatory note.

People who would be found guilty of “paedophilia propaganda” will face 200,000-400,000 rubles fines, corporate entities will pay between 1 and 4 million. However, if the Internet or media was used for “propaganda”, the fine will be doubled for individuals; corporate entities will face fines between 4 and 10 million rubles.

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Russia’s State Duma introduced a bill on “prohibition of non-traditional relationships propaganda” in July. The document bans “disowning family values and promoting non-traditional sexual behaviour.” Russia’s current law only bans “LGBT propaganda” among minors.

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