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.


  1. rob says

    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.)

  2. Jeff says

    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!


    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…?

  4. David From Canada says

    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.

  5. Bryan L says

    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?

  6. Esther Blodgett says

    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.

  7. Chaz says

    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.

  8. danswon says

    “the Europeans are dying out”

    …is 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

  9. YsoSerious says

    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.

  10. ToThePoint says

    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 evolve……at all……Knuckle dragger!

  11. David says

    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.

  12. Todd says

    He is absolutely correct. Russia is not infringing on the Russian rights of gays. It’s their right to establish what Russian rights their citizens have while they reside in Russia. What is infringed upon is the human rights of the LGBT community…which is not what Russia is about now. So, very much in his mind, he is right. He establishes the rights whether they are contrary to human rights or not.

  13. MaryM says

    How soon will it be before China decides to expand into Russia I wonder.

    The Asian part of Russia is almost uninhabited (and the chronic alcoholism of the Russian population does not help).

    I never thought I’d say it, but I look forward to the day China decides to expand into Russia.

  14. PU says

    “Prompted calls for boycotts” Prompted by the people who use boycotts for everything, from chicken to vodka. We are the United States, we can’t even get a health care plan to work. We are not Russia. He does have a point that gays (without help or adoption) do not produce children. That is a concern for him. We ignore it. We look the other way when two guys f–k each other. What a wonderful marriage that will make. If only they could do it in Russia too–if only we could force them to. That’s what really bothers American gays — gays need an enemy all the time.

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