RussiaDecember 20 2022, 18:28 pm

Putin Signs New Anti-LGBTQ Legislation Into Law

US media is report­ing that Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin signed into law ear­li­er this month the bill that expands a ban on so-called LGBTQ “pro­pa­gan­da” in Rus­sia. Accord­ing to a CNN report:

Decem­ber 5, 2022 CNN Russ­ian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin on Mon­day signed into law a bill that expands a ban on so-called LGBTQ “pro­pa­gan­da” in Rus­sia, mak­ing it ille­gal for any­one to pro­mote same-sex rela­tion­ships or sug­gest that non-het­ero­sex­u­al ori­en­ta­tions are “nor­mal.” The ban was rub­ber-stamped by Putin just days after a harsh new “for­eign agents” law came into effect, as the Krem­lin cracks down on free speech and human rights as its mil­i­tary oper­a­tion in Ukraine fal­ters. The new laws sig­nif­i­cant­ly broad­en the scope of a 2013 law which banned the dis­sem­i­na­tion of LGBTQ-relat­ed infor­ma­tion to minors. The new iter­a­tion extends the ban on pro­mot­ing such infor­ma­tion to adults as well. The new laws make it ille­gal to pro­mote or “praise” LGBTQ rela­tion­ships, pub­licly express non-het­ero­sex­u­al ori­en­ta­tions or sug­gest that they are “nor­mal.” The pack­age of amend­ments signed by Putin include heav­ier penal­ties for any­one pro­mot­ing “non-tra­di­tion­al sex­u­al rela­tions and/or pref­er­ences,” as well as pedophil­ia and gen­der tran­si­tion. Under the new law, it will be banned across the inter­net, media, books, audio­vi­su­al ser­vices, cin­e­ma, and adver­tis­ing. As Rus­sia strug­gles in Ukraine, repres­sion mounts at home Under the new law, indi­vid­u­als can be fined up to 400,000 rubles ($6,370) for “LGBT pro­pa­gan­da” and up to 200,000 rubles ($3,185) for “demon­stra­tions of LGBT and infor­ma­tion that encour­ages a change of gen­der among teenagers.” These fines rise to up to 5 mil­lion rubles ($80,000) and 4 mil­lion rubles ($64,000) respec­tive­ly for legal enti­ties. The law was approved by the Russia’s upper and low­er hous­es in recent weeks.

Read the rest here.

The Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) first report­ed on the new leg­is­la­tion in ear­ly Novem­ber when Russ­ian oli­garch Kon­stan­tin Mal­ofeyev told a Duma hear­ing that pass­ing the law would be part of Rus­si­a’s war effort in Ukraine.

Putin has long been known for his desire to become the ide­o­log­i­cal cen­ter of a Glob­al Nation­al Con­ser­v­a­tive (GNCA) alliance described in a GIOR report as follows:

Russ­ian Pres­i­dent PUTIN has expressed an inter­est in Rus­sia becom­ing the ide­o­log­i­cal cen­ter of a new glob­al con­ser­v­a­tive alliance, and Euro­pean far-right lead­ers have tak­en pro-Russ­ian posi­tions based on a sim­i­lar ide­ol­o­gy. Hun­gary is at the cen­ter of a devel­op­ing alliance between Euro­pean far-right nation­al­ists and Amer­i­can con­ser­v­a­tives that Rus­sia could poten­tial­ly exploit for use in infor­ma­tion war­fare. This alliance oper­ates under the rubric of “Nation­al Con­ser­vatism,” cen­tered on nation­al sov­er­eign­ty, cul­tur­al iden­ti­ty, and oppo­si­tion to glob­al insti­tu­tions and rep­re­sent­ing a poten­tial­ly rad­i­cal change for the US con­ser­v­a­tive move­ment away from long-held Rea­gan-era philosophies.

Read the full report here.

GIOR report­ed in late Octo­ber that Putin had once again deliv­ered a speech in which he exten­sive­ly ref­er­enced so-called “cul­ture war” themes com­mon­ly espoused by rightwing/conservative West­ern ele­ments. In his remarks,  Putin referred to “strange, in my opin­ion, new­fan­gled trends like dozens of gen­ders and gay pride parades.”

Oppo­si­tion to “gen­der ide­ol­o­gy” is a cen­tral issue for the GNCA, and GIOR has also report­ed on the role played by the Math­ias Corv­i­nus Col­legium (MCC), a Hun­gar­i­an edu­ca­tion facil­i­ty sup­port­ed by the Orban gov­ern­ment, in dis­sem­i­nat­ing Russ­ian-style anti-LGBTQ pro­pa­gan­da. We have also report­ed on the new Ital­ian far-right Prime Min­is­ter Gior­gia Mel­oni and the anti-gay posi­tions of her and her coali­tion partners.



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