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Vladimir Putin: There is 'No Infringement on the Rights' of Gays in Russia

President Vladimir Putin lied about his country's laws on Thursday, the AP reports:

PutinPutin on Thursday insisted the law bans only "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors." He argues that it is "no infringement on the rights of sexual minorities."

The law has prompted calls for boycotts of the 2014 Winter Olympics hosted by Russia in Sochi.

Putin says while some European nations have allowed gay marriages, "the Europeans are dying out … and gay marriages don't produce children."

He added that heterosexual couples should have more children to reverse a population decline, saying "let us make our own choice, as we see it for our country."

And as a refresher, here's a summary of the law and its punishments via PolicyMic:

Here is what Article 6.21 actually says:

Propaganda is the act of distributing information among minors that 1) is aimed at the creating nontraditional sexual attitudes, 2) makes nontraditional sexual relations attractive, 3) equates the social value of traditional and nontraditional sexual relations, or 4) creates an interest in nontraditional sexual relations.

If you’re Russian. Individuals engaging in such propaganda can be fined 4,000 to 5,000 rubles (120-150 USD), public officials are subject to fines of 40,000 to 50,000 rubles (1,200-1,500 USD), and registered organizations can be either fined (800,000-1,000,000 rubles or 24,000-30,000 USD) or sanctioned to stop operations for 90 days. If you engage in the said propaganda in the media or on the internet, the sliding scale of fines shifts: for individuals, 50,000 to 100,000 rubles; for public officials, 100,000 to 200,000 rubles, and for organizations, from one million rubles or a 90-day suspension.

If you’re an alien. Foreign citizens or stateless persons engaging in propaganda are subject to a fine of 4,000 to 5,000 rubles, or they can be deported from the Russian Federation and/or serve 15 days in jail. If a foreigner uses the media or the internet to engage in propaganda, the fines increase to 50,000-100,000 rubles or a 15-day detention with subsequent deportation from Russia.

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  1. He also compared gay rights to worshipping Satan!

    Posted by: litper | Sep 19, 2013 2:45:05 PM

  2. "The Europeans are dying out".

    Yes, Vladimir, as opposed to the wonderful population stats in your own country.

    Posted by: Leo | Sep 19, 2013 2:51:22 PM

  3. Russia and Ukraine are borderline cesspools, and they're worrying about a boy liking another boy or a girl liking another girl! And the Russian Orthodox Church is even more bigoted, intolerant, hate mongering, and extremist than the Islamist insurgents in Russia are. The Russian Orthodox cult (and Putin) is as archaic, backward, bigoted, and worthless as the Catholic and Mormon cults. And if Russia and Ukraine continue to deny rights to gay citizens, the rest of the world should attack heterosexual Russian and Ukrainian citizens in their countries. Start with embassy personnel. Then target politicians, the police, prosecutors, judges, prison personnel, and their loved ones, that persecute the homosexuals in Russia and Ukraine.
    And traditional Russian values!? You mean like serfdom, communism, gulags, mass murder, discrimination, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and war-mongering?
    And Putin and Yanukovych need to be prosecuted for crimes against humanity and executed. (Or assassinated immediately.)

    Posted by: rob | Sep 19, 2013 2:56:38 PM

  4. Well, Vlad, if heterosexual couples have more children, then there will be even more gays! If every gay person suddenly vanished from the face of the Earth, in another generation, there would be just as many!

    Posted by: Jeff | Sep 19, 2013 3:04:20 PM

  5. Wait..."Europeans" means "whites," right? So basically, all this homophobic nonsense isn't about the Gayz, it's just good ol'-fashioned racist supremazy talk? "We gots to make more bebehs than the Chinese?" Oh okay then, totes fine Mr. Putin.

    Why doesn't he go ask Europe if they consider him part of their "dying" continent...?

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER I | Sep 19, 2013 3:04:56 PM

  6. When questioned about anti-gay activities in Russia, Putin always 'plays dumb' and gives innocent sounding answers.
    He thinks he's being clever, but he can't get away forever. The world is become more aware and more angry about the situation in Russia, and Putin can't continually avoid it much longer.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Sep 19, 2013 3:06:41 PM

  7. Here's a question for you: can Putin read?

    If he can, I'm assuming he doesn't read very well...or at least he doesn't understand the laws he signed.

    Or does he just enjoy being evil?

    Posted by: Bryan L | Sep 19, 2013 3:10:00 PM

  8. Lying Hitler wannabe.

    Posted by: Sean | Sep 19, 2013 3:27:18 PM

  9. Why doesn't someone ask Putin what his boyfriend thinks of the antigay laws?

    I have always thought that Putin is a little queen who is trying like mad to be so butch so that no one will guess who he really likes to snuggle up against.

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Sep 19, 2013 3:30:26 PM

  10. Oh...I get his argument now. Its all about how you define "rights"...

    Queers have the right to die in Russia. That is not being infringed at all.

    Posted by: Jay | Sep 19, 2013 3:45:03 PM

  11. No one is being discriminated against. It's just more specifically illegal for LGBT to publicly ask for better treatment.

    Posted by: Shawn | Sep 19, 2013 3:50:11 PM

  12. No one is being discriminated against. It's just more specifically illegal for LGBT to publicly ask for better treatment.

    Posted by: Shawn | Sep 19, 2013 3:50:11 PM

  13. No one is being discriminated against. It's just more specifically illegal for LGBT to publicly ask for better treatment.

    Posted by: Shawn | Sep 19, 2013 3:50:14 PM

  14. Putin's daughter lives in Holland with her Dutch husband and children. Nuff said.

    Posted by: Chaz | Sep 19, 2013 3:54:15 PM

  15. Abortion capital of the world, with the world's most horrible orphanages, stuffed to the gills with unwanted, mentally-ill children.

    Good old neglectful Mother Russia.

    Posted by: Chaz | Sep 19, 2013 3:55:52 PM

  16. "the Europeans are dying out" he mad? He reminds me of the previous Iran leader Ahmedinejad (sp?). They act like teenagers just sticking up 2 fingers to the rest of the world. The anti-gay laws in Russia are purely a backlash reaction to the progress being made in Europe and America

    Posted by: danswon | Sep 19, 2013 3:59:28 PM

  17. Do Russian officials think if they say this enough times everyone will believe it or something? lol

    Posted by: JMC | Sep 19, 2013 4:04:21 PM

  18. "No infringement on the rights". Just imprisonment and death. Phew! That was close.

    Posted by: Geoff | Sep 19, 2013 4:36:53 PM

  19. VLADIMIR Fartin passes gas again!

    Posted by: Art | Sep 19, 2013 4:45:00 PM

  20. Vlad Puke-in. I can say you're a mental giant every day for the rest of time, but it won't change the fact you'll be seen as just another tyrant who tried to use a small group to be the scapegoats for your failed policies.

    This lie of yours is only slightly more stupid than the ones you used in you op-ed.

    You're a dufus and a dildo.

    Posted by: YsoSerious | Sep 19, 2013 4:46:34 PM

  21. This is what makes Russia exceptional!

    Posted by: Jared | Sep 19, 2013 5:04:19 PM

  22. That isn't the only anti-gay law in Russia, nor is it the only law written for anti-gay reasons in recent years. We ought to have a complete list.

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 19, 2013 5:50:54 PM

  23. Gay marriages don't "produce" children but we sure take care of the orphans you heterosexual people seem to be able to produce ad-nausea and not give a damn about! Given their orphan rate, I would hardly see where they are "dying" out. His is a neanderthal mentality whose bloodline obviously failed to all......Knuckle dragger!

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Sep 19, 2013 6:41:40 PM

  24. People aren't having babies in Russia because it's a hellhole, mostly because Putin has been ruling the country since 1999. I'd try to blame the gays, or anyone else for that matter, if I were him.

    Posted by: David | Sep 19, 2013 7:11:10 PM

  25. Of course there's no infringement of LGBTQ rights in Russia.

    LGBTQ have no rights in Russia… How could they be infringed?

    Posted by: Bryan | Sep 19, 2013 9:15:07 PM

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