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Law Banning 'Gay Propaganda' Passed in Siberia

Siberia Pride is not happening this year:

Siberia"It's mainly about various gay parades... about their promotion among minors. It's about preventing people who are not related to homosexuality from explaining to their kids what is going on," said Alexander Ilushchenko, who oversees a regional committee on culture, education, sports and youth policy.

A law penalising "the propaganda of homosexuality and paedophilia among minors" came into force in St. Petersburg on March 17, prompting mixed reactions among Russians where anti-gay sentiment remains strong.

The US State Department has expressed concern about the law which stipulates fines of up to $16,000 on individuals and up to $160,000 on organisations promoting homosexuality.

In all seriousness. it's deeply disturbing what is happening in Russia, with these laws under serious consideration federally.

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  1. What's really strange about the wording of this law is it seems promoting paedophilia amongst adults is AOK.

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 27, 2012 11:17:51 AM

  2. There's something very creepy, sinister even, about a civil government that labels expression and discussion of human rights of a minority as "propaganda," and makes it illegal. Whether anti-gay "sentiment" is strong, what the hell is with the Russian PEOPLE that they allow this to happen? How very Third Reich...Germans at that time seemed fine with burying their heads in the sand, too.

    Posted by: jim | Apr 27, 2012 2:08:23 PM

  3. Who would have guessed that anti-gay sentiments are strong in Russia? Probably everbody with a brain.

    Posted by: jack | Apr 27, 2012 2:11:25 PM

  4. What do you mean, "in all seriousness"? Is there some amusing part of the post that I'm missing?

    Posted by: robert | Apr 27, 2012 2:52:22 PM

  5. The winter olympics are in Russia in 2014...what does this mean for gay villages, etc at the olympics?

    Posted by: Ryan | Apr 27, 2012 3:31:19 PM

  6. OK, the map and the Indo-Asian news service linked here are wrong: there IS no "Siberian" Region. There is Siberia, which includes many regions, and, in this case, the "Novosibirsk" region, which is just one of those many. It would look much smaller on the map.

    Of course it was introduced by a United Russia delegate, and eventually they will adopt these laws at the federal level.

    Those of us in academia who study the region are seriously concerned about what it means for our scholarship. Can we give lectures any more on gay topics in Russia? Maybe not.

    And it's surely going to boost the number of asylum cases we have to deal with here.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Apr 27, 2012 6:12:53 PM

  7. Well this adoption of Gay discrimination and other Laws by the ruling party indicates that Russia has failed to become a Liberal Democracy and is in fact still a dictatorship.

    So the supposed policy of the USA in promoting Deomocracy seems to have failed every where. It is interesting that conservatives probably do not care about this kind of thing and it shows that the theory that capitalism produces freedom is wrong. The economy in Russia is mostly in private hands; but with monopolistic control by the Dictataorhip elite of united Russia.

    Re the above comment about lectures in Russia I would welcome Professors from America or else where giving lectures in defiance of this Law to demonstrate the violation of Academic Liberty which such a Law entails.

    Posted by: Keith | Apr 27, 2012 8:49:17 PM

  8. @Keith
    Your statement that "The economy in Russia is mostly in private hands" is a bit oversimplified. Russia never sold off many of the old Soviet state-owned industries, it never dismantled the bureaucracy that ran them, it never made the central banking reforms that could have prevented all the post-Soviet hyperinflation. I don't have any current statistics on what percent of the Russian economy is in private hands vs. what percent is still in SOEs, but I know many of the SOEs have yet to be privatized. And most of the ones that have been privatized are monopolies or oligopolies. Post-Soviet Russia is less "capitalist" than China!

    Posted by: Dan | Apr 29, 2012 9:13:03 AM

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