Putin signs law introducing fines for homosexual propaganda among minors

President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill "On the Protection of Children from Information Harmful to their Health and Development," according to a posting on the legal information portal.

President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill "On the Protection of Children from Information Harmful to their Health and Development," according to a posting on the legal information portal.

From now on, fines will be imposed on persons "popularizing non-traditional sexual relations among minors by disseminating information encouraging minors to adopt nontraditional sexual behavior, distorting the concept of social equality of traditional and nontraditional sexual relations, or forcing information on nontraditional sexual relations on minors, or inciting interest in them."

If such actions do not carry criminal liability, the private individual at fault will be fined 4,000 ($122) to 5,000 rubles ($153), official 40,000 - 50,000 rubles ($1,220 - $1,530) and legal entity between 800,000 ($24,450) and 1 million rubles ($30,570), or the offender's operations will be suspended for 90 days.

If such actions have been undertaken with the use of mass media or information or telecommunications networks, including the Internet, a private individual will be fined between 50,000 ($1,530) and 100,000 rubles ($3,057), official between 100,000 ($3,057) and 200,000 rubles ($6,114) and legal entities up to 1 million rubles, or the offender's operations will be suspended for up to 90 days.

If the same actions have been carried out by a foreign national or a person without citizenship the fine will amount to between 4,000 ($1,530) and 5,000 rubles ($153) and the offender will be ousted form Russia, or he will be arrested for up to 15 days and subsequently ousted from Russia.

If such an offence is committed by a foreign national with the use of mass media or the Internet, the offender will be fined 50,000 ($1,530) to 100,000 rubles ($3,057) and ousted from Russia, or his will be arrested for 15 days and ousted.

The law will take effect the day it is officially published.

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