December 5 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a law expanding Russia’s restrictions on the dissemination of “LGBT propaganda”, effectively outlawing any public expression of LGBT behavior or lifestyle in Russia. Did it

Under the new law, which qualifies Russia’s interpretation as “LGBT propaganda”, any action or dissemination of any information is considered an attempt to promote homosexuality in public, online, or in films, books or advertising. Could heavy fine.

The law expands Russia’s previous law against LGBT propaganda that banned the “demonstratement” of LGBT behavior to children.

It comes as the Kremlin stepped up pressure on minority groups and Putin’s opponents at home, quashed independent media groups and stifled free speech as Moscow speeds up a decades-long campaign to promote “traditional” values. Gave.

Authorities have already used existing legislation to block gay pride marches and detain gay rights activists.

Rights groups say the new law aims to completely exclude so-called “non-traditional” LGBT lifestyles practiced by lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender people from public life.

Reporting by Reuters Editing by Gareth Jones

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