Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (born 7 October 1952) is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer who has served as President of Russia since 2012, previously holding the position from 1999 until 2008. He was also the Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012.
Russia has taken steps to extend the country’s archaic ‘gay propaganda’ law to all adults. Back in 2013, the infamous legislation was signed into law by Vladimir Putin – which banned the promotion of “non-traditional” sexual orientations to minors.
Over the last few years, the archaic law has been used to stop Pride marches, detain activists and censor media with LGBTQ+ themes.
In July, the head of the State Duma’s information committee, Alexander Khinsthtein, proposed that the law be extended to all adults in Russia. “We propose to generally extend the ban on such propaganda regardless of the age of the audience (offline, in the media, on the internet, social networks and online cinemas),” he wrote on Telegram.
Now it looks like Russian lawmakers are taking steps to make that horrifying proposal become a reality. On 27 October, the State Duma approved a new bill that would make the established ‘gay propaganda’ law extend to all Russian adults.