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St. Petersburg clamps down on gays | Europe | DW.DE | 03.03.2012

St. Petersburg's city parliament passed a controversial new law against "homosexual propaganda" this week. Critics say the legislation violates the European Human Rights Convention.

The local parliament in Russia's second largest city, St. Petersburg, passed a controversial law banning what it called "homosexual propaganda" on Wednesday, making it illegal to publicly distribute material about homo-, bi- and transsexuality.

The law passed by St. Petersburg's local parliament is not the first of its kind

The new legislation, justified as an attempt to protect minors, imposes fines on anyone who publishes material deemed as promoting gay culture. Authorities can now prosecute people who publish flyers informing schoolchildren about homosexuality, and can also ban calls for participation in gay parades. Similar laws have been passed in two other Russian cities before.



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