Russia will vote on jail time for LGBT affection in public

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Walking hand-in-hand through Moscow turned into a frightening experience. (Photo courtesy of ChebuRussiaTV0 Walking hand-in-hand through Moscow turned into a frightening experience. Click on the image to see the 3:30-minute video with English subtitles. (Photo courtesy of ChebuRussiaTV)

Human Rights Watch researcher Tanya Cooper writes:

Dispatches: Jail Time for Being Gay in Russia

Russia is again making media headlines for all the wrong reasons. On January 19, parliament will hold the first reading of another abusive homophobic law, which proposes jailing people for public displays of non-heterosexual orientation or gender identity.

The bill was first introduced in October 2015 by two Communist Party members, Ivan Nikitchuk and Nikolai Arefyev. It proposes fines of between four and five thousand rubles (US$53-$66) for “the public expression of non-traditional sexual relations, manifested in a public demonstration of personal perverted sexual preferences in public places.” If such public displays occur “on territories and in institutions, providing educational, cultural or youth services,” the offender could face an…

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