Russian anti-gay bill passes, protesters detained
Russian gay rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev is attacked at a demonstration. Even he has questioned western reporting. Photograph: Andrey Svitailo/AFP/Getty Images T he ferocious row over the Kremlin's notorious anti-gay law in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics has sparked a bout of Russia-bashing that is not only often unfair, but also . Vladimir Putin's government wants to promote 'traditional Russian values' over what it sees as western liberalism and tolerance. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/AP Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, has signed into law a measure that stigmatises gay people and bans giving children any information. MOSCOW A bill that stigmatizes Russia's gay community and bans the distribution of information about homosexuality to children was overwhelmingly approved by the lower house of parliament Tuesday. More than two dozen protesters were attacked by anti-gay activists and then detained by police, hours.
Man spits on black child, calls him racial slur. The legislation will impose hefty fines for providing information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, community to minors or holding gay pride rallies. How to watch the Oscars views. School apologizes after basketball team defeats opponent views. Russia decriminalized homosexuality in , but anti-gay sentiment remains high. Police officers detain gay rights activists as they gathered near the State Duma, Russia's lower parliament chamber, in Moscow, Russia, on June 11, The bill banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" still needs to be passed by the appointed upper house and signed into law by President Vladimir Putin, but neither step is in doubt.
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