Russian MPs mull ban on 'gay propaganda'

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Russian MPs mull ban on 'gay propaganda'

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Russian MPs are mulling new legislation which has been accused of discriminating against the country’s gay community.

The bill was presented to parliament on Thursday. If it becomes law, it would fine individuals or companies for “spreading homosexual propaganda” amongst minors.

It mirrors by-laws in a number of Russian cities, including St Petersburg.

Pop singer Madonna has slammed the planned law as an “atrocity” and says she will speak out against it during her forthcoming Russian tour.

Homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia in 1993, but anti-gay sentiment remains strong.

The bill was put forward by parliamentarians from Siberia, who blame the media for promoting so-called homosexual lifestyles as “normal behaviour”.