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Putin signs law expanding LGBT ‘propaganda’ restrictions


MOSCOW: President of Russia Putin on Monday signed a law significantly expanding restrictions on activities seen as promoting LGBT rights in the country.
A 2013 law banned what authorities say is spreading “non-traditional sexual propaganda” to minors. The new law extends the ban on spreading such information to people 18 years of age or older.
The new law prohibits advertising, media and online sources, books, films and theatrical works deemed to contain such “propaganda”.
It also expands existing restrictions by banning the spread of transgender information to minors and banning information deemed as propaganda promoting pedophilia.
Violations are subject to fines and, if non-residents violate, may result in their deportation. Russia.
Fines range from 100,000 to 4 million rubles ($1,660-$66,000). For some violations, foreigners can be detained for 15 days before being deported.
The law does not consider violations a criminal offense — Russian law provides that the penal code can only be amended through an independent bill. Some lawmakers have suggested that they support such a measure.
The Kremlin did not immediately publish Putin’s signature, but it was displayed on a copy of the measure published on the website of the Duma, the lower house of parliament.

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