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The bill on the ban of homosexuality propaganda was submitted in the State Duma

March 30, 2012, 12:15 UTC+3

Тhe deputies believe that such laws should distract people from real problems

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MOSCOW, March 30 (Itar-Tass) — The bill envisaging the ban on the homosexuality propaganda among children was submitted in the State Duma. The bill envisages fines for propagandists at 4,000-5,000 roubles and officials at 40,000-50,000 roubles. The deputies believe that such laws should distract people from real problems.

Probably the homosexuals that spread their ‘ideas’ among children and teenagers will be fined already in the near future, the Komsomolskaya Pravda writes. The deputies from the Novosibirsk Region moved the relevant bill on amendments in the Code of Administrative Offences in the State Duma. The document holds that each ordinary ‘propagandist’ will be fined 4,000-5,000 roubles. Homosexual officials will be fined 40,000-50,000 roubles and juridical persons found guilty of the same sin will be fined already 400,000-500,000 roubles.

The authorities will seek to bar children from the influence of homosexuals at the federal level for the first time, the newspaper went on to say. Although similar laws were already approved in several Russian regions that raised a fierce resistance from the so-called ‘human rights activists’, who are eager to prove that the ban on homosexuality propaganda means to deprive the society of constitutional rights. Even the US State Department learnt about the similar law that entered into force in St. Petersburg recently. The United States voiced concerns over this law immediately.

Probably similar heated debates will follow the initiative of the Novosibirsk deputies, the Komsomolskaya Pravda assumes. Several liberal media already commented on the bill, noting that if the bill is approved the human rights will be violated and not hesitating to name the document as “obscurantism of deputies”.

“There are much more important problems in our country, and such bills look like some distracting manoeuvre,” a deputy from A Just Russia Dmitry Gudkov told the RBC daily. According to him, it is quite probable that the bill on the ban of homosexuality propaganda is seeking to distract the society from serious problems, for instance gubernatorial elections.

The tendency in Russia is that the most incomparable and barbarian laws may be approved, the Novye Izvestia cited a human rights activist Alexander Podrabinek. “It is quite probable that this law will be also approved at the federal level. Then the law will be certainly challenged in the Strasbourg Court and it will be cancelled as the one contradicting the international law. However, before this the law can be used against Russian citizens,” he believes. According to the human rights activist, the law will be applied selectively, otherwise, any person, for instance, the publisher of Oscar Wilde’s works can be brought to responsibility under the law.

Pop star singer Madonna promised to support the rights of homosexuals at her concert in St. Petersburg scheduled for early August, after the latter learnt the St. Petersburg authorities had recently signed the city law on fines for the propaganda of paedophilia and homosexuality. A deputy of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly Vitaly Milonov, who initiated the scandalous law, promised to come for a concert with the inspection.

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