2013-06-11 19:55:00

Bill on fines for homosexual propaganda among minors passes Duma

Moscow, June 11, Interfax - Russia's State Duma has nearly unanimously passed a draft law on fines for the propaganda of homosexuality among minors.

The bill, which needs presidential endorsement to become law, makes changes to the law "On the Protection of Children from Information Potentially Damaging to Their Health and Development" and to other legislation, was supported by 436 members of the 450-seat lower house.

The planned law, simultaneously passed at the second and third reading on Tuesday, says its purpose is to combat "the dissemination of information that aims to induce minors to develop non-traditional sexual attitudes, to see non-traditional sexual relationships as attractive, to develop the distorted notion that traditional and non-traditional sexual relationships possess the same value, or the dissemination of information on non-traditional sexual relationships that arouses interest in such relationships," the bill says.

Such an act would entail a fine of 4,000 to 5,000 rubles for ordinary individuals, of 40,000 to 50,000 rubles for officials, and of 800,000 to 1 million rubles or suspension for a maximum of 90 days for entities.

If media or telecommunications including the Internet were used for any such act, there would be fines of between 50,000 and 100,000 rubles for ordinary individuals, between 100,000 and 200,000 rubles for officials and 1 million or suspension for up to 90 days for entities.

If any such act were committed by a foreign national or stateless person, there would be a fine of 4,000 to 5,000 rubles with expulsion from Russia or arrest for a maximum of 15 days with subsequent expulsion from the country.

If a foreign national uses the media or the Internet for any such act, they would face a fine of 50,000 to 100,000 rubles or arrest for up to days, with expulsion from Russia in either case.

The planned law is expected to come into force on the day of its official publication.