2012-03-11 13:56:00

St. Petersburg governor signs ban on propaganda of homosexuality

St. Petersburg, March 11, Interfax - Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko has signed amendments to the local law on administrative offences, which envisions criminal liability for the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia among minors.

The law will take effect 10 days following its official publications, the city administration said on Sunday.

The propaganda of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexualism and transsexualism among minors will carry a fine of 5,000 rubles for individuals, 50,000 rubles for officials and from 250,000 to 500,000 rubles for legal entities.

Public activities to popularize pedophilia will carry an administrative fine of 5,000 rubles for individuals, 50,000 rubles for officials and from 500,000 to 2 million rubles for legal entities.

The city legislature passed a bill, submitted by United Russia faction member Vitaly Milonov on February 29, which proposes introducing administrative liability for those popularizing homosexuality, transsexualism and pedophilia.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch urged the city governor to reject the bill. HRW's director for Europe, Hugh Williamson, said attempts to put homosexualism and pedophilia on the same footing are unacceptable.