2012-02-29 14:29:00

St. Petersburg parliament bans propaganda of homosexuality, pedophilia

St. Petersburg, February 29, Interfax - The St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly passed a bill banning the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia among minors in its third reading on Wednesday.

Twenty-nine parliamentarians voted for the bill, one parliamentarian abstained from voting, and five voted against it.

The bill was passed in the second reading by a 31 to 6 vote on February 8.

Under the document, private individuals found to be guilty of promoting homosexuality and pedophilia among minors will be fined 5,000 rubles and legal entities will be fined up to 500,000 rubles.

The bill on administrative liability for promoting homosexuality and pedophilia drew broad debate in St. Petersburg and the rest of Russia, and also abroad.