Russian city to impose fines on ‘gay propagandists’

RUSSIA’S second city, St Petersburg, has passed a bill imposing fines for spreading gay “propaganda” among minors.

The by-law was backed by local deputies of the pro-Kremlin United Russia Party. It still requires the approval of the city governor before taking effect in the next few weeks.

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Homosexuality, punished with jail terms in the Soviet era, was only decriminalised in Russia in 1993. Anti-gay prejudice still runs deep. The new legislation would impose a fine of up to 5,000 roubles (£120) for individuals and 500,000 roubles for companies. United Russia deputy Vitaly Milonov said it sent a signal that Russia won’t tolerate “liberal western ideals”.