MOSCOW, November 21. /TASS/. The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media has blocked and removed information with LGBT propaganda targeting minors on more than 5,500 websites, Deputy Chief of Russia’s media watchdog Vadim Subbotin said on Monday.
"So far, the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media has removed or blocked information on over 5,500 websites containing LGBT propaganda among minors. Such materials were blocked based on court decisions recognizing such information as prohibited for dissemination," he said at an extended session of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technologies and Communications.
The official also emphasized that under the current circumstances it can sometimes take anywhere from two to three months from the moment of detecting banned information to obtaining a court decision on it which is "inadmissible for such content to be accessible to Russian users."
On October 27, the State Duma in the first reading unanimously passed a bill on banning propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations in Russia, including in the media, on the internet, and in books and movies. The document provides for a ban on propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations, pedophilia as well as on disseminating information about LGBT. It also includes a ban on statements which may induce teenagers to gender reassignment surgery on the Internet, in the media and in books, audiovisual services, movies and commercials.
There are proposals to introduce relevant amendments to federal laws on information, information technology and information security, on media outlets, on protecting children from information harmful to their health and development, on advertising and on state support for Russian cinema.