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Putin says he tolerates homosexuals but warns them “not to touch” children

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Putin says he tolerates homosexuals but warns them “not to touch” children

The president of Russia, Vladimir Putinstated this Tuesday that in the country there is “quite a lot” tolerance towards people homosexuals or whose sexual orientation is not considered “traditional”. These statements come just two months after the Russian Supreme Court declared as a ‘extremist organization’ to the movement LGBT+.

“We are quite tolerant of people of non-traditional sexual orientation. We simply do not insist and we do not believe it is right to do so,” said the Russian president during his speech at a forum held this Tuesday.

“Let everyone live as they want. Nobody limits them in anything“said Putin, who immediately linked the homosexuality with the crime of sexual abuse of minors: “As for the children, don’t touch them”.

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Several organizations defending freedoms have denounced in recent years the persecution of the LGBT+ movement in Russia. In January the trial of a photographer began for disseminating images in which the rainbow flag appearedbased on the law that persecutes extremist organizations and the prohibition of advertising by the homosexual community.

Russia considers the LGBT+ movement an ‘extremist organization’

At the end of November 2023, the Supreme Court of Russia declared the movement LGBT+ international as a ‘extremist organization‘, even though it does not officially exist as a legal entity. With this decision, all activities of the homosexual community within the country were prohibited.

Behind closed doors, Supreme Court Judge Oleg Nefedov ruled in favor of the request presented by the Russian Ministry of Justicewho considered that the movement violates the laws that criminalize extremism and social and religious hatred.

The magistrate assured that this decision “does not affect the right of the citizens to privacy and does not entail negative legal consequences”, The restrictions are related to the broadcast of propaganda, advertising and the generation of interest among the population, according to the Interfax agency.

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This decision is due to the fact that for the Russian authorities and part of the most conservative sector of the country, LGBT+ activism is something purely western and hostile to the customs of Russia. At the same time, the pressure they exert on the community is presented as a means to defend the moral structure of the country.

“I think this will mean that anyone the State considers an LGBT+ activist could receive a long prison sentence for ‘participating in an extremist organization’“he told the BBC Sergei Troshinmunicipal deputy in St. Petersburg, who came out as gay last year.

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Likewise, he assures that this decision had to do with the upcoming presidential elections that will be carried out in Russia during the month of March. “I think (the court hearing) is related,” said Sergei Troshin. “(The authorities) are creating an artificial enemy.”

“They say: ‘We are fighting the West.’ The battle against LGBT+ people fits into this anti-Western rhetoric. Fighting against both the West and the LGBT+ community is popular among the conservative and anti-western society. So this issue will be promoted in the run-up to the elections,” the official added.

‘Gay propaganda’ banned completely

In recent years, the LGBT+ community of Russia came under increasing pressure from the authorities. In 2013, a law was passed prohibiting “propaganda (directed at minors) of non-traditional sexual relations.” However, in 2022, those restrictions will be lifted.expanded to all age groups in the country.

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Russia: LGBT movement declared “extremist” and its activities banned

The legislation bans LGBT+ propaganda and materials that promote discussion about gender reassignment, mentioning this to minors, classified as promoting pedophilia. Likewise, the dissemination of this content for people over 18 years of age in online publications, films, books, commercials, media publications, plays, music festivals and computer games is also not permitted.

Violation of the prohibition will result in fines of up to 10 million rubles (US$160,000) and 15 days in jail, depending on the case. If the offender is a foreigner, he or she will also be expelled from the country. Last year, a Russian TV channel discolored a rainbow in a video by a South Korean K-pop band to avoid being accused of violating the law.propaganda gay’.

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