2020-07-03 18:27:00

Putin states need for public monitoring of LGBT propaganda

Moscow, July 3, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed countering LGBT propaganda with "non-aggressive" public monitoring.

"You can't monitor everyone, who thought up which label and where, and so on. If there's a reason to assume that this is propaganda of values not traditional for us, then without public organizations which share the official position of the Russian government, including that which is set out in the Constitution and in our laws, then such public monitoring should be properly built, not aggressively though," Putin said at a meeting with the working group on constitutional amendments.

Yekaterina Lakhova of the Russian Women's Union asked Putin to instruct the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) to start monitoring advertising on the subject of LGBT propaganda. "There shouldn't be propaganda, but our advertising agencies hang up rainbows, beautiful colors. They do this as if surreptitiously, with beautiful words. Or advertise an ice cream, which they call Rainbow. This, though indirectly, makes children grow used to that color, that flag, which was hung outside that embassy [the United States Embassy to Russia]," Lakhova said.

A rainbow flag, the symbol of the LGBT community, was hung outside the U.S. embassy building in late June.