A law penalizing “the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia among minors” came into force in St. Petersburg in March, to mixed reactions among Russians where anti-gay sentiment remains strong. A similar bill was introduced in the federal parliament while Moscow is also considering a ban on “sodomy” promotion.
The vast majority of Russians find same-sex relationships unacceptable, according to a survey published Friday by a state-run pollster.
Prosecutors in the Volga area city of Ulianovsk are investigating whether a children’s library book promotes homosexual relations, a spokesman said on Wednesday.
The creator of an online support group for Russian gay teenagers faces a fine of up to 100,000 rubles ($2,800) for “gay propaganda,” activists said Friday.
Anti-gay propaganda legislation introduced in Russia last year has been used for the first time against media with the fining of a newspaper editor who reported about a school teacher allegedly fired because he was gay.
Openly gay British pop star Sir Elton John, whom Russian President Vladimir Putin recently called an “outstanding person,” wants to introduce the head of state to members of that country’s LGBT community who “deserve to be heard.”
Threats to the rights of gay people in Russia are an issue that has been “invented” abroad, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview broadcast late Thursday.
Gay people should feel comfortable at the Sochi Olympics but “leave children in peace,” Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said Friday.
A chain of toy stores has escaped punishment for selling a game that allegedly encouraged children to act out a homosexual love scene.
Russia has mounted a diplomatic offensive against “gay propaganda,” accusing the EU in a new report of trying to promote an “alien view of homosexuality and same-sex marriages as a norm of life.”
Several dozen Nobel prize laureates called on Russia to overturn controversial legislation dubbed “the gay propaganda law” in an open letter published Tuesday in British newspaper The Independent.
Openly homosexual British actor Ian McKellen has said he was advised by the British government not to travel to Russia because of anti-gay legislation there, the BBC reported Tuesday.
Openly gay British musician Elton John dedicated a concert in Moscow on Friday to a Russian man, Vladislav Tornovo, beaten to death in a suspected homophobic killing earlier this year.
A coalition of US investors managing hundreds of billions of dollars in assets has urged corporate sponsors of the Sochi Winter Olympics to speak out against controversial Russian laws on homosexuality.
Russia’s highest court has ruled that a controversial law banning “gay propaganda” is not in breach of the Constitution.
US gay rights activists on Monday announced the launch of a clothing line aimed at protesting controversial Russian laws on homosexuality at the Winter Olympics in Sochi and have enlisted a prominent US apparel company and Sochi-bound athletes in the initiative.
A US court has ordered immigration authorities to review a decision to deny asylum to a gay Russian man who said he was attacked in his home country because of his sexual orientation, national media have reported.
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