Russian president Putin signs bill against gay propaganda into law
Opponents have called the bill homophobic and so vaguely defined that it would inevitably be used arbitrarily and stir anti-gay sentiment in the country. However, it sailed through parliament and Putin had promised in advance that he would sign it.
The fines go up to as much as 200,000 rubles ($6,250) for officials if such "
Foreigners will not only be fined but face administrative arrest up to 15 days and eventual deportation, the law says. Organisations face fines of up to one million rubles and a shutdown of their activity for 90 days.
Earlier this week Putin denied the law's anti-gay nature. "We are talking about protecting children from the respective information," he said.
"We ask that (other countries) do not interfere in our regulation," he added.
Voice of Russia, AFP