Gay Propaganda – Russia Law 6.13.1 against
Law 6.13.1 against “gay propaganda”)
Public opinion is negative about LGBT in Russia. After the atheism practised in the Soviet Union, the pendulum has swung the other way. The Russian Orthodox Church is now firmly in the ascendant. Russia is becoming a highly conservative state. The older generation remembers Stalin and his persecution of homosexuals. The situation under Putin is as bad.
Some of the persons featured.
Wanja Kilber, Chairman of the Board, Quarteera, Russia Wanja Kilber is board member and co-founder of Quarteera.de, an organization of Russian speaking LGBTI’s in Germany. He is the initiator and coordinator of the international Rainbow flashmob at the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia and a member of LSVD.de, responsible for the LGBT exchange program, between St. Petersburg and Hamburg. Earlier this year he participated as guest speaker in the hearing of the human rights subcommittee of the European Parliament on the human rights situation in Russia. Mr. Kilber holds degrees in physics from the Heinrich-Heine-University, Duesseldorf, and a degree in illustration and graphic design from the Muthesius school of Arts, Kiel.
Kostyuchenko was the first journalist to write about the punk protest band Pussy Riot and about the Zhanaozen massacre in 2011. She covered protests against the construction of a controversial 12-lane highway through the Khimki Forest, and exposed the presence of Russian fighters in the breakaway republics of Donestk and Luhansk in Eastern Ukraine.
She has been assaulted and arrested on several occasions in retribution for her journalism and activism.
Legislator responsible for the LGBT propaganda law
Vitaly Valentinovich Milonov, born 23 January 1974 in Leningrad, Soviet Union is a Russian politician and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg for United Russia. While in the legislature, Milonov was the principal sponsor of legislation criminalizing “homosexual propaganda directed toward minors”.
He is married and has two children. In 1991 he joined the Baptist church. Later, in 1998, he converted to theRussian Orthodox Church.
Michael Lucas, Producer/Director
Lucas invested $100,000 of his own money in the documentary. Shooting took place in Russia over the course of a month. A Kickstarter campaign was launched in December 2013 to complete post-production. Lucas, who had previously renounced his Russian citizenship and emigrated to the US, said that he neither enjoyed being back in Russia nor filming the documentary; however, he felt that someone had to do so. During his interview with Milonov, Lucas said that he attempted to remain as calm as possible in order to allow Milonov’s remarks to speak for themselves. Although it was not included in the theatrical release, Lucas said he engaged in a debate with Milonov late in the interview, during which Milonov became angry and left. Lucas cited weak opposition in the West to Russia’s policies as one of the reasons why he shot the documentary. He said that he hoped to keep the issue in the news by highlighting it.
Putin hides his excesses behind a shield of homophobia. The more he keeps people busy with anti-gay statements, the less people focus on his poor track record.
On Introducing Amendments to the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offences The Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offences (Collection of Laws of the Russian Federation, 2002, No. 1, Article 1, No. 30 et al.) shall be amended as follows:
1) add Article 6.13.1 reading as follows:
“Article 6.13.1. Propaganda of homosexualism among minors
Propaganda of homosexualism among minors –
is punishable by an administrative fine for citizens in the amount of four thousand to five thousand rubles; for officials –forty thousand to fifty thousand rubles; for legal entities – four hundred thousand to five hundred thousand rubles”;
2) in Article 28.3, Section2, Clause 1 figures “6.13” shall be changed to “6.13.1”.
President of the Russian Federation
to the Draft Federal Law “On Amendments to the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offences”
Propaganda of homosexualism in Russia took a wide sweep. This propaganda is delivered both through the media and through active social actions that promote homosexualism as a behavioral norm. It is especially dangerous for children and youth who are not yet capable of a critical attitude to the avalanche of information that falls upon them every day. In this regard, it is necessary to primarily protect the younger generation from the effects of homosexual propaganda, and the present bill pursues this goal.
Family, motherhood and childhood in the traditional, adopted from the ancestors understanding are the values that provide a continuous change of generations and serve as a condition for the preservation and development of the multinational people of the Russian Federation, and therefore they require special protection from the state.
Legitimate interests of minors are an important social value, with the goal of the public policy toward children being to protect them from the factors that negatively affect their physical, intellectual, mental, spiritual,and moral development. Paragraph 1 of Article 14 of the Federal Law № 124-FZ of24.07.1998 “On Basic Guarantees of Child Rights in the Russian Federation” directly states the obligation of public authorities of the Russian Federation to take measures to protect children from information, propaganda and campaigning that harm their health and moral and spiritual development.
In this connection it is necessary to establish measures to ensure intellectual, moral and mental security of children, including the prohibition onto perform any act aimed at the promotion of homosexuality. By itself, the prohibition of such propaganda as an activity of purposeful and uncontrolled dissemination of the information that could harm the health and moral and spiritual development, as well as form misperceptions about the social equivalence of conventional and unconventional sexual relationships, among individuals who, due to their age, are not capable to independently and critically assess such information cannot be regarded as violating the constitutional rights of citizens.
Given the above, a bill suggesting amendments to the Code of Administrative Offences was prepared to introduce administrative responsibility for propaganda of homosexuality among minors. In this case, administrative responsibility is established not for the sheer fact of the person’s homosexuality, but only for propaganda of homosexualism among minors.
This bill imposes the right to make records of administrative offences for public actions aimed at propaganda of homosexualism among minors on the law enforcement officials (the Police), and trial of cases of administrative offences– on the judges.