Legal Affairs Department of Duma Negatively Responds to the Request to Ban ‘the Demonstration of Sexual Preferences’ in Public

Police detain a gay rights activist during a Gay Pride event in St. Petersburg, June 29, 2013. Dozens of gay and lesbian rights activists and their supporters gathered for the event but were attacked by anti-gay protesters and later dispersed by the police. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST) - RTX115WC

The Legal Affairs Department of the Russian Duma published a negative review regarding the bill No. 916716-6 ‘Regarding changes to the administrative offences section of the Codex of the Russian Federation (specifically the establishment of responsibility for the public expression of nontraditional sexual relations)’. The bill was proposed by the deputies of the Federal Duma, Ivan Nikitchuk and Nikolay Arefyev. Nevertheless, the first reading of the bill has been already scheduled for January 19.

As it states in the ‘conclusions’ section of the text, “the bill does not respond to criteria of definitiveness, clarity and unambiguity of legal norms, the respect of which has been repeatedly pointed out by the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation”. The main problem is that the legislation of the RF has not been able to define who is being addressed in the bill with the “public demonstration of its distorted sexual preferences in public places”.

Besides the Legal Department of the Duma, the bill received two reviews from regions. The parliament of Kabardino-Balkaria gave its support to it, whereas the Lawmaking Assembly of the Ulyanovsk oblast pronounced against it.

Igor’ Kochetkov, a member of the Soviet of the Russian LGBT Network remarks: “Of course, it saddens us, that our parliament reviews senseless and uneducated law bills. But we understand that many deputies can only outdo themselves through épater-la-bourgeoisie ideas.”

Let us remind you that already in October 2015, KPRF deputies presented a bill in the Duma which proposed administrative penalties for the public expression of homosexuality. According to the new bill, ‘the public demonstration of sexual preferences in public places’ ought to be punished by a fine ranging from 4000 to 5000 rub. and/or an adminstative arrest for up to 15 days. According to the parliamentarian Nikitchuk, a ban will serve to strengthen traditional orthodox values in Russian society.



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Originally published on 13.01.2016 by the Rossiyskaya LGBT-Set’ on their website.

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