Russia president Putin signs anti-gay measures into law
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a measure that stigmatises gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality. The lower house of Russia’s parliament unanimously passed the Kremlin-backed bill on June 11 and the upper house approved it last week.
The ban on ‘propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations’ is part of an effort to promote traditional Russian values over Western liberalism, which the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church see as corrupting Russian youth and contributing to the protests against Putin’s rule. Hefty fines can now be imposed on those who provide information about the lesbian or gay community to minors or hold gay pride rallies.