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Russian Duma Passes Ban on Gay 'Propaganda' in 390-1 Vote on First Reading: VIDEO


Russia's Duma has passed a bill banning gay "propaganda" in a 390-1 vote on the bill's first reading Russian LGBT Network reports in a press release:

Today, January 25, the Russian State Duma passed bill against so called "propaganda of homosexualism" in the first reading (out of 390 deputes, 1 voted against, 1 abstained). 52 deputes didn't vote. The bill was introduced by the Novosibirsk region Legislative Assembly on 28 March. Its first reading was delayed many times. According to the article 6.13.1 the fine for persons is 4-5.000RUB (132-165USD), for officials -- 40-50 000RUB (1300-1600USD), and 400-500 000RUB (13 200-16 500USD) for companies. Similar laws have passed in 10 regions of Russia.

Now the Committee on Family, Women and Children Matters is to refine the bill taking in account all amendments received and initiate the second reading by the Russian State Duma. The Duma decision states that the responsible Committee should accept the amendments that determine the "homosexualism" term description or to replace it with another term which can be found in the Russian legislation and to specify the set of elements of this administrative offense. The amendments will be accepted for consideration till 25 May.

Elena Mizulina, the head of the Committee for Family Matters, declared that the task team on this matter will be organized. According to her, there will be a representative from LGBT in this team.

Igor Kochetkov, the Chairman of the LGBT network: "The State Duma must pass the laws that prohibit any discrimination. If the task team, Mizulina said about, is ready to change the bill 6.13.1 so that it no more contains provisions offending and discriminating LGBT community, than we are ready to take part in this team and make our proposals. Another question is who will be in this team. It's important to hear not only an opinion of related parties but also an opinion of independent human right defenders. We think that apart from people mentioned by Mizulina, there must be representatives of Russian Federation ombudsman and human right organizations, who have an experience in defending the freedom of expression and right to exercise the freedom of peaceful assembly, in this team. Only if these terms are observed, we can talk about considering this bill not on religious or political grounds but from human right and respect for human dignity point of view”*.

After two more readings, the bill will be signed by President Vladimir Putin.

Russian police broke up another kiss-in protest outside the State Duma in Moscow as it prepared to consider the law, Reuters reports:

KissinPolice said about 20 people were detained outside the State Duma, the lower house, after minor scuffles broke out between rival groups of supporters and opponents of the law. The supporters, some of them holding Russian Orthodox icons or crosses, cheered and threw eggs as police hauled away protesters who started kissing. One gay activist was splashed with green paint, witnesses said.

If approved by the two houses of parliament, and signed by Putin, the law would ban the promotion of gay events across Russia and impose fines on the organizers.

Three dozen were detained in the protest, according to the AP.

Watch a Euronews report on the recent uptick in violence and the Duma's consideration of the bill, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Perhaps some rightwing extremist GOPers have been correct when recently referencing the "Soviet Union" instead of "Russia". This new gay "propaganda" law smacks of the days of those old draconian citizen control laws when Russia and its then satellite states made up the former Soviet Union. Guess there won't be many upcoming LGBT tours to Russia.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jan 25, 2013 10:28:26 AM

  2. Do the Russians really think that authoritarian suppression of vast numbers of people is a viable way to govern?

    Posted by: Fahd | Jan 25, 2013 10:33:23 AM

  3. What a horrible place.

    Posted by: MB | Jan 25, 2013 10:36:25 AM

  4. What a horrible place.

    Posted by: MB | Jan 25, 2013 10:36:25 AM

  5. This is bigger than repression of LGBTs, a tragedy in itself. It's about the return of totalitarianism to Russia. That Russia citizens stand aside doing nothing as their freedoms are taken from them is beyond belief.

    Posted by: grench | Jan 25, 2013 10:36:56 AM

  6. Years ago, I thought the cruise taking in Scandinavia and St. Petersburg would be culturally interesting. No more! I will never spend a penny traveling to that vile country. I have family and friends who I will likewise discourage from spending travel dollars on the bigots in the East.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jan 25, 2013 10:41:22 AM

  7. Yesterday there was the op-ed about "gay being the new black"

    Dear Russia Poland,

    you've forgotten your own heinously sordid history of atrocities against humanity. wise the eff up.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 25, 2013 10:48:44 AM

  8. all I gotta say is - all those cruise lines that cator to Gays, better strike Any Russian Location/destination OFF thier LISTS - Yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jan 25, 2013 10:52:05 AM

  9. That country is really going downhill fast.

    Posted by: Anthony | Jan 25, 2013 11:33:21 AM

  10. Boy, the stupidity of humanity never ceases to amaze.

    Posted by: Casey | Jan 25, 2013 11:43:37 AM

  11. It's not fair to lump Poland in with Russia. Poland was roughly 50/50. Russia is 100/0.

    Posted by: BobN | Jan 25, 2013 11:46:36 AM

  12. Recent polls in Russia have shown that Stalin, who by some recent estimates was responsible for the deaths of 20 million Soviets, is considered a "wise leader" by Russian youth, and 34% of Russians would vote for him if he were still alive. It's gotten so bad that in 2009 Russian President Dmitry Medvedev denounced the efforts of people seeking to rehabilitate Stalin's image.

    While all of this is horrible news, for many reasons, a friend of mine that is a history professor can't help but wonder if having a real enemy again, instead of perpetual wars on drugs and an emotion called terror, might make the West remember our core freedoms and rights. Of course, we have a real enemy already in climate change, but we've chosen to ignore it.

    Posted by: Eric | Jan 25, 2013 11:51:59 AM

  13. @ Grench - Rather like the folks in the US who think that "hate speech" should be illegal, who want special treatment for "hate crimes", who want to force Americans to surrender their right to Freedom Of Association, who want to infringe on the Right To Keep And Bear Arms, who think that Stop And Frisk is OK, who approve of DUI checkpoints, who don't mind being stopped at the California-Arizona border for "agricultural inspection" and who tolerate the "Border" checkpoint on I-10 miles from any international border.

    Stop surrendering other peoples' rights.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jan 25, 2013 12:01:59 PM

  14. Might as well be Nazis, they're all in lock step. Pure Russianist animalitskya crapotnik. They don't deserve Tschikovsky and must never be part of the European Union.

    There's you challenge KIWI, go where you're needed.
    No real balls huh. Thought so.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jan 25, 2013 12:08:05 PM

  15. So I need to go to Russia, but you in North America in your middle-age life don't need to simply put a face to your comments?

    Gurl, it's the moving of goalposts like that that is the reason you have zero cred.

    keep obsessing over me. it's funny.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 25, 2013 12:19:07 PM

  16. @Eric,

    The problem is that Russia is hardly fit now for the role of a real enemy.

    Posted by: Victor | Jan 25, 2013 12:19:19 PM

  17. This isn't surprising. The population base is shrinking in Russia, the economy continues to struggle, and large parts of the population have declined into alcoholism and other addictions. When that happens, especially chronically, it's easier for people to put faith in religion or government and for government to behave like this. The U.S. owes a lot to its relatively strong birth rate and loose immigration policies over the past half century for the current civil rights environment.

    Posted by: Stefan | Jan 25, 2013 12:55:44 PM

  18. I mean we all knew that David Hearne is a Republican troll. But now we have a succinct admission from him.

    We should just ignore him, because he only seeks to rile up the comments with nonsense.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jan 25, 2013 1:07:21 PM

  19. why are republican trolls always anonymous sock-puppets?

    never mind. i know the answer.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 25, 2013 1:24:09 PM

  20. why are republican trolls always anonymous sock-puppets?

    never mind. i know the answer.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 25, 2013 1:24:12 PM

  21. Same old, same old in the nation of SUCKS: Soviet Union Controls Kremlin Still.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jan 25, 2013 1:53:47 PM

  22. KIWI - just two little "capers" in your bag I guess, that's what's funny. Plus a Lil' C**t too. Just a gaping pie hole for Frankenfag.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jan 25, 2013 1:57:07 PM

  23. *elegant curtsy*

    i don't hide. you do. changing your names to obsess over those of us who don't hide like you only proves us right.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 25, 2013 2:01:03 PM

  24. You know, the reason this is happening in Russia--and elsewhere in the world--is because the Western idea/social construct referred to as "gay" has become associated with the decadence and decline of the West. Western "gayness" is symbolized by the culture of effeminacy....and THAT is why there has been such a strong reaction against it all over the world.

    A real tragedy, but until the culture of effeminacy has been eradicated, with all the social malaise and twisted ideological notions it represents, this kind of action will become more and more commonplace everywhere in the world.

    Posted by: Rick | Jan 25, 2013 2:22:23 PM

  25. i thought you said i was i?

    if so, why don't i have any anti-gay straight friends? why does my effeminate @ss have a father who marches in the pride parade?

    and why does my weak effeminate self live without the cowardice you do?

    no answer, of course, because you're a cowardly troll.

    but still. it's fun to prove how worthless you are.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 25, 2013 2:29:45 PM

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