European Union rejects the hardening of the Russian law against LGBTIQ+ “propaganda”

The European Union rejected on Thursday the hardening of Russian legislation against the so-called LGBTIQ+ “propaganda”, ensuring that these laws “feed homophobia.”

The spokesman for the High Representative for Foreign Affairs of the EU, Pedro Stano, has shown his “deep concern” about the amendments approved this Wednesday by the Russian State Duma, that have expanded punishments against those who disseminate LGBTIQ+ content, as well as the imposition of new restrictions under the law on foreign agents.

“These legislative advances fuel homophobia and further deepen the harsh repression of any critical and alternative speech in the context of Russia’s illegal, unprovoked and unjustified war of aggression against Ukraine,” reads a statement from the foreign office.

In addition, the portfolio led by Josep Borrell has reiterated the condemnation “in the strongest possible terms” of the invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24 by order of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The European Union stands in solidarity with the Russian citizens who are prevented from exercising their Human Rights,” said the Union’s Foreign Affairs spokesman.

Russia has justified the reform of the law that toughens the punishments against those who disseminate LGBTIQ+ content in the need to supposedly combat scourges such as pedophilia, but for organizations that defend Human Rights it represents “one more step in the repression against the group”.

The Russian authorities plan to prosecute any type of content considered contrary to conservative values ​​on the Internet, media, books, movies and advertisements, according to official Russian media.

Fines for LGBTIQ+ “propaganda” can reach 400,000 rubles (about 6,400 euros) in the case of ordinary citizens, or 800,000 rubles in the case of officials. In the case of entities, the penalty rises to 5 million (more than 79,000 euros), the Interfax agency reported.

The latest: Europe declares Russia a State promoter of terrorism, while explosions are heard in Ukraine

The explosions and anti-aircraft sirens were heard again in kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, and led to the population being urged to seek refuge. International media reported that the mayor of that city, Vitali Klitschko, confirmed a projectile that had hit a “critical” building. There have also been interruptions in the arrival of energy and water.

“Caveat! An air alert has been announced in Kyiv! We ask everyone to urgently go to the civil protection shelter!” Was the call from the authorities once new detonations began to be heard. Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovi said that area had also been without power as a result of the attacks.

“The whole city is without electricity. We are awaiting additional information from energy experts. There may be interruptions in the water supply. Stay in shelters (…). All schoolchildren and preschoolers are in hostels together with teachers and educators! Dear parents, you can only pick up your children after the alarm ends,” the president warned via Telegram.

Meanwhile, the European Parliament gave the green light on this day to a proposal to consider Russia as a State promoter of terrorism. The resolution obtained the support of the majority groups of the organization.

With 494 votes in favor, 58 against and 44 abstentions, the legislators “recognize Russia as a state promoter of terrorism that uses terrorist means” and urge the European Union to take action at the national level, as well as the institutions of the ‘ old continent’ to establish the regulations with which to fix that designation.

With information from Europa Press

European Union rejects the hardening of the Russian law against LGBTIQ+ “propaganda”