Duma adopts “anti-gay law”

posted 16 Jun 2013, 08:38 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Jun 2013, 08:43 ]
11 June 2013

Source: HRO.org (info)
The Russian State Duma has adopted the so-called 'anti-gay law' which had its first reading in January. Parliament gathered on 11 June 2013 for both the second reading and the third and final reading. 

An updated version of the bill had been prepared, based on comments from hundreds of thousands of citizens, including 25,000 opponents of the legislation, said Elena Mizulina, the head of the lower house committee on family, women and children, speaking to Itar-Tass news agency. 

As a result, three additional points were added to the main article of the law, and the term 'homosexuality', for which there is no legal definition in Russia, has been replaced by “non-traditional sexual relations,” Newsru.com points out. 

Under the bill, the promotion of such relations among children and adolescents, namely the “dissemination of information for the purpose of encouraging non-traditional sexual relations among under-age people,” will be punishable by fines ranging from 4,000 roubles to up to one million roubles.