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Russia to Consider Nationwide Gay Propaganda Ban

Regional deputies in Moscow submitted a draft law to the federal Russian parliament that would make “homosexual propaganda” to minors a punishable offense across Russia

RIA Novosti reports:

A Siberian regional legislature submitted to the Russian parliament a bill to make promotion of homosexuality among minors an administrative offense, the State Duma said on its website on Thursday.

The bill, introduced by the Novosibirsk Region Legislative Assembly, stipulates administrative fines of up to 5,000 rubles ($170) for individuals, up to 50,000 rubles ($1,700) for officials and up to 500,000 ($17,000) for legal entities.

The legislation could also complicate efforts by gay activists to organize a Russian Gay Pride parade. Numerous attempts to hold gay rights protests in Moscow and elsewhere have been either vetoed by officials or broken up by riot police and right-wing groups.

The bill was submitted a week after State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said that lawmakers will thoroughly study a draft federal law banning promotion of homosexuality among minors once it is submitted to the parliament.

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