Russian censors inflict extensive TV cuts on western programming with significant gay content
|28th February 2023
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Russian viewers watched the HBO's hit series The White Lotus in the only officially available format via streaming platform Amediateka. The platform severely censored the second season of The White Lotus to comply with repressive Russian law
banning gay content.
Scenes were removed, lines of dialogues were purposefully mistranslated in dubbing and Russian subtitles (eg We're all gays here ,became We're all men here ) and the bare buttocks of actor Leo Woodall were covered
with a poorly photoshopped blanket, even though featuring in a straight scene.
HBO's Euphoria was also edited in similar ways by Amediateka with nearly two hours' worth of content cut out of the series' second season.
discovered that the translation of Sex and the City was tweaked, replacing the word gay with boy , while several scenes were completely cut out. An amended anti-gay law was signed into law by President Vladimir Putin at the end
of last year. It is a more severe version of 2013's law that saw the country outlawing 'LGBT propaganda' and depictins of LGBT behaviour among children under 18 (i.e., holding hands in public, men wearing colourful nail polish, kissing).
December 2022 all kinds of LGBT propaganda are considered illegal. The list includes untraditional sexual relationships and gender reassignment. Lawmakers are still working on the list of further criteria for proclaiming a work illegal,' and it will come
into effect in September.
Russia's internet censor Roskomnadzor has also issued its own list of movies and TV shows that were to be removed from all the legal streaming platforms including Call Me By Your Name , Brokeback Mountain ,
the first season of The Sex Lives of College Girls and several episodes of This Is Going to Hurt .
Russia is legislating to ban all gay information
|27th October 2022
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Current legislation in Russia bans providing or promoting gay information to children. Now this law is being extended to all adults.
Those convicted face large fines for promoting what Russia calls non-traditional sexual relations.
extension was framed as part of a broader battle over civilisational values with the decadent West and linking it to the decision to invade Ukraine.
Under the proposal, information about non-traditional lifestyles or the rejection of family values
would be considered legally the same as pornography, the promotion of violence, or stoking racial, ethnic and religious tensions. Another element of the extensions prohibits information which might cause minors to desire to change their sex, a reference
to transgender people.
The law will allow any information on the internet discussing LGBT topics to be blocked and films deemed to contain positive depictions of being gay to be banned. The wide-ranging ban also extends to advertising and books -
both non-fiction and literature - raising censorship concerns from publishers, who have warned of the risk that it could even affect classics of Russian literature.
The head of Russia's Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, has also backed the new
The bill has broad support but will first be approved by the upper house of the Russian parliament.
Russian proposals to treat all the depictions of gay relationships as restricted pornography
|3rd December 2021
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A powerful Russian MP known for homophobic statements and projects has proposed a bill that would classify all depictions of LGBTQ+ relationships in the same banned or restricted categories as pornography.
Vitaly Milonov -- a member of Vladimir
Putin's governing United Russia party, and deputy chairman of the Federal Assembly's Committee on Family Affairs, Women and Children -- said that people should have the right to ask the state's regulator to not allow the broadcast of films with LGBTQ+
The announcement coincided with another Russian official's disclosure that he had prepared a catalogue of toxic content, using a system that labels content from completely banned to simply undesirable. Igor Ashmanov, a member of Russia's
Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, revealed that he had developed a catalogue to mark so-called 'toxic content' on the internet.
The resource, Ashmanov said, would flag topics such as radical feminism [and] 'child-free'
lifestyles, as well as the promotion of homosexuality and bestiality.
Russian government bans plays for going against traditional gay hating moral values
|13th June 2014
A children's puppet show has been banned from Russia's prime book festival over claims it promotes homosexuality, a news report said.
Colta.ru culture news website published an open letter from the Culture Ministry, demanding the organizers of
the festival to pull The Soul of a Pillow by Olzhas Zhanaidarov from their program.
The play tells the story of a friendship between a pillow, and a boy in a kindergarten.
The ministry also condemned the adult play Herbivores by Maxim Kurochkin, citing its use of expletives. First Deputy Minister Vladimir Aristarkhov spouted:
The content of both plays goes against the traditional moral values of Russian culture.
The ministry has no formal authority to ban the works, but said it would pull its name from the festival if the plays remain listed.
will be rebooked to run at an independent venue, said Colta.ru, organizer of the showings.
Moscow predictably bans March of the Bearded Women and Men
|19th May 2014
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Moscow's security department denied an application for the Conchita Wurst March of Bearded Women and Men, which was due to have taken place to mark the 21st anniversary of homosexuality's legalisation in Russia.
Wurst, the drag queen persona of
Austria's Thomas Neuwirth, has become an icon for Europe's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and a flashpoint for Russia's debate over gay rights.
Nikolay Alexeyev, founder of Moscow Pride told Pravda that they plan to urgently
appeal the mayor's decision; even if unsuccessful, they will try to merge the event with a proposed gay pride parade on May 31. They face an uphill battle: in 2012, Moscow city government enacted a 100-year ban on pride marches.
anti-gay protesters have been campaigning against Eurovision for weeks, calling it a Europe-wide gay parade . The participation of the obvious transvestite and hermaphrodite Conchita Wurst on the same stage as Russian singers on live television
is blatant propaganda of homosexuality and spiritual decay, said St Petersburg's notorious legislator Vitaly Milonov, who led the drive for Russia's anti-gay laws banning gay information from public speheres.
Russian newspaper fined for quoting a teacher who said that gay sex is normal
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A Russian court has fined a newspaper editor for publishing an interview with a gay school teacher who was quoted as saying homosexuality is normal.
Alexander Suturin, editor of the Molodoi Dalnevostochnik, a weekly published in the city of
Khabarovsk, was ordered to pay a fine of 50,000 rubles (£870) for supposedly publishing gay propaganda .
The prosecutor claimed that the statement: My very existence is effective proof that homosexuality is normal, goes against
logic. She said:
By offering it to underage readers, the author is misleading them about the normality of homosexuality.
Suturin is to appeal against the ruling.
Ikea magazine article about lesbian couple pulled from Russian edition
|22nd November 2013
Swedish furniture retailer IKEA says it has pulled an article about a lesbian couple in the Russian edition of its customer magazine because that would have contravened that county's law on gay propaganda.
IKEA spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson says the
story about the couple living with their child in London appeared in the December print edition of its club magazine and was available for customers in 25 markets worldwide, but not in Russia.
Magnusson said that IKEA was not able to publish the
article because Russian law has restrictions regarding promoting homosexual relationships.
Russian anti-gay law has a chilling effect on gay filmmaking
Russia's anti gay 'propaganda' law is having wide and chilling effects on gay film making.
Filmmakers of a film with the translated title of A Winter's Journey have found that the film has been effectively banned despite winning approval by
Russia's film censors and winning two prizes at separate film festivals. The film tells the story of a gay classical singer falling in love with a street-smart petty criminal.
Director Sergei Taramayev told AFP he was saddened it could not be
shown at the Kinotavr film festival after receiving such high critical acclaim. He said:
For the organisers of the festival it was uncomfortable, because there is such a law, so they thought it was better not to
At least people who were in the jury told us that this was the reason why we were not accepted for Kinotavr.
The film's co-writer Lyubov Lvova said festivals feared they could lose funding if they
showed the film:
- At many festivals, Russian ones, this scared the organisers a lot. They were afraid of this law, that it could stop them getting financing for their festivals.
Taramayev said they did not even submit the film to Russia's main film forum, Moscow International Film Festival, because of its anti-gay organiser, Nikita Mikhalkov. He said:
He supports the
government's line and is a very political director and we realised that they would not take us.
Producer Mikhail Karasyov wrote in an email to AFP:
As for a cinema release, at the moment we are
holding talks, but so far there is nothing concrete.
Police censor art exhibition poking fun at Putin, Medvedev, and the originator of anti-gay legislation
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A painting depicting politicians Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev in women's underwear was one of the items Russian authorities have physically censored by raiding a newly-opened St. Petersburg art gallery that had shown solidarity with Russia's
The off-beat gallery, known as the Museum of Authority, opened with an inaugural exhibit called The Rulers that featured paintings by artist Konstantin Altunin of Russian and international public figures.
Much of the
inaugural exhibit was raunchy or politically-charged. One painting depicted St. Petersburg politician Vitaly Milonov, who spearheaded a local homophobic gay propaganda law that became the baseline for similar national legislation.
accompanied police at the gallery. Police seized the portrait of Mr. Milonov as well as the painting depicting Messrs. Putin and Medvedev in women's underwear.
Authorities also took two other works of art. One was a painting of Russian Orthodox
Patriarch Kirill with criminal-style tattoos mixing Soviet and religious iconography. The other was one of Yelena Mizulina, the Kremlin-allied Duma deputy and morality crusader who led the drive to pass Russia's gay propaganda law nationally. That
painting was entitled The Erotic Dreams of Deputy Mizulina.
Russian parliament bans information about homosexuality from the public sphere
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Russia's lower house of parliament, the Duma, has passed a law imposing heavy fines for providing information about homosexuality to people under 18.
The measure was passed unanimously and will become law when approved by the upper house and
President Vladimir Putin, a virtual formality.
Under the new law, private individuals promoting homosexual behaviour among minors face fines of up to 5,000 roubles (£100; $155) while officials risk paying 10 times that amount.
Businesses and schools could be fined up to 500,000 roubles.
A recent poll found that nearly half of Russians believe that the gay and lesbian community should not enjoy the same rights as other citizens.
Signed into law
1st July 2013. See article from guardian.co.uk
Russia s president, Vladimir Putin , has signed into law a measure that stigmatises gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality.
Russian court drops legal action against Madonna's gay related comments at a recent gig
|23rd November 2012
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Charges that Madonna broke a homophobic censorship ban in the Russian city of St Petersburg have been dropped.
Homophobic activists had tried to prosecute the US singer over accusations that she violated St Petersburg's law on the promotion
of homosexuality among minors.
The nutter prosecution resulted after Madonna spoke out against the ban on stage and handed out pink bracelets. She also issued a message of support for the imprisoned LGBT-supporting feminist punk protestors of
The Trade Union of Russian Citizens demanded £ 6 million from Madonna and from the company that organised her show.
However on Thursday, RIA Novosti reported that the case had been dismissed
by a St Petersburg court. Madonna did not attend the hearing, which had attracted intense media attention in Russia.
Elsewhere in Russia, regional lawmakers in Moscow rejected a homophobic censorship law similar to St Petersburg's. The failed bill
attempted to outlaw: non-traditional sexual orientation propaganda to minors.
Russia's top court upholds 100 year ban on Moscow gay pride marches
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Moscow's top court has upheld a ban on gay pride marches in the Russian capital for the next 100 years.
Earlier Russia's best-known gay rights campaigner, Nikolay Alexeyev, had gone to court hoping to overturn the city council's ban on gay
parades. He had asked for the right to stage such parades for the next 100 years.
He said he would now go back to the European Court in Strasbourg to push for a recognition that Moscow's ban on gay pride marches - past, present and future - was
The Moscow city government claims that the gay parade would risk causing public disorder and that most Muscovites do not support such an event.
In September, the Council of Europe will examine Russia's response to a previous
European Court ruling on the gay rights issue, Russian media report.
Gay Equality organisation will take the anti-gay authorities of St Petersburg to the European Court of Human Rights
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An organization of St. Petersburg gay rights activists has filed a complaint against the city's authorities with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, local media has reporte.
The Ravnopravie ('Equality') organization has appealed to
the Strasbourg court to rule against the city's ban of a gay pride parade in June 2011 and described the authorities' actions as disguised discrimination.
Despite the ban, a small group of gay rights activists staged an unsanctioned rally
on June 25, 2011 and 14 of them were detained and convicted of administrative violations.
The Ravnopravie organization also intends to appeal against the authorities' decision to revoke their permission to hold a gay pride rally planned for July
St. Petersburg's Legislative Assembly passed a law penalizing the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia among minors in late February. It came into effect on March 11. The so-called Gay Propaganda law imposes fines of up to
$16,000 on individuals and up to $160,000 on legal entities for the promotion of homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender practices among minors. The new legislation outlaws Gay Pride events.
Moscow imposes a 100 year ban on gay pride parades
|13th June 2012
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Human Rights First condemns the Tverskoy District Court ruling to uphold the decision of Moscow authorities to ban gay pride parades in the city until May 2112. The Moscow City Hall has banned such events for seven consecutive years, citing numerous
letters from public officials, religious organizations, and private citizens urging the authorities to prohibit a demonstration. The European Court of Human Rights pronounced these bans illegal in October 2010.
Human Rights First's Innokenty
This unprecedented ban is not entirely surprising, but Russia's society is evolving at a pace not even Vladimir Putin can control. More people are becoming accepting and tolerant to LGBTI persons. The
100-year ban, along with the discriminatory laws prohibiting promotion of homosexuality that are spreading through local legislatures, show that the Russian government remains behind the times.
It is regrettable that the new city
government, led by Mayor Sobyanin, is repeating the mistakes of the disgruntled former mayor Luzhkov, whose vehemently antigay rhetoric and actions are well-known.
Petition against St Petersburg ban on gay information or support
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17 gay rights activists were arrested at a May Day rally in St. Petersburg, Russia. The group that was detained were trying to unfold rainbow flags and raise posters. They were charged with failing to co-operate with police officers.
St. Petersburg recently passed a law that bans homosexual propaganda , becoming the 4th city in Russia to pass such a law. Politicians are attempting to pass similar legislation at a federal level, with pressure from the
Russian Orthodox Church.
Please tell the Russian government to drop all charges against these gay rights activists -- who were simply fighting against discrimination and hatred -- and not pass a federal law that will severely hurt
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Russians jailed for public display of placards saying 'Homosexuality is Normal'
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Two Russian men have been arrested for illegally engaging in pro-gay propaganda, in the first-ever enforcement of a homophobic new law that bans making statements supporting homosexuality in public.
Police in St Petersburg arrested the pair
as they were standing in a central district of Russia's second-largest city and holding up placards reading Homosexuality is normal. i
This St Petersburg law banning favourable comments about homosexuality is a shame. This law is
absolutely discriminatory and it takes away the right to freedom of expression and assembly from citizens of non-traditional orientations, said Tatyana Lokshina, spokeswoman for the NGO Human Rights Watch.
10th May 2012. See article from indexoncensorship.org
Russian gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseyev has been fined 5,000 roubles (104 GBP) under a St. Petersburg law for spreading gay propaganda among minors. The fine was imposed after the court ruled that Alekseyev had spread propaganda
about homosexual relations among minors when he held a sign in a public place last month that stated homosexuality was not a perversion. Alekseyev has pledged to appeal the ruling
St. Petersburg councillor threatens arrest for Madonna if she speaks out against new anti-gay law
Madonna said in a Facebook posting that she plans to speak out against a new anti-gay law in St. Petersburg during her August 9 concert in the city. Now, it seems she could actually be charged under that same law.
The law, which took effect
March 11, in part prohibits the propaganda of homosexuality among minors. Gay rights activists say it would criminalize reading, writing or speaking about gay, lesbian, or transgender people.
The bill's author, city assemblyman Vitaly
Milanov, says he wants Madonna charged under the new law if she speaks out against it during her concert. He said he was willing to attend the show to control its moral content.
A group of Russian gay rights advocates plans to picket the
concert, saying Madonna is cashing in on their struggle and urging her to cancel the show. The law will stay in force, Madonna will leave and the Russian LGBT-community will be humiliated even more, Nikolai Aleksev, the head of the LGBT advocacy
group Gay Russia, wrote on his blog.
Other Russian gay rights groups disagreed with that tactic, and welcomed the attention the superstar had given to their cause. We consider that Madonna's visit and her address to millions of her Russian fans
with words in support of freedom of expression for everyone will bring more good than a boycott would, said Igor Kochetkov, chairman of the Russian LGBT Network.
Nutters rally against gay parades
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A rally against gay parades, legalization of same-sex marriages and immorality propaganda gathered some 1,000 protesters on Bolotnaya Square in central Moscow.
The rally was organized by a number of Orthodox organizations and began with a prayer.
Many people carried icons and signs reading We do not need gay parades! , A gay parade will never be held in Moscow , and others.
The rally followed the recent ruling of the European Court of Human Rights that Moscow's ban on gay
pride marches is illegal.
Vladimir Khomyakov, a co-chairman of the Narodny Sobor (People's Gathering) Orthodox organization, said, Despite the stories about our belligerent homophobia, we have never urged and are not urging to destroy gay clubs
and attack gays. We have come to claim that the ECHR ruling is a gross interference in Russia's domestic affairs and a violation of the Russian constitution and international law.
Moscow authorities lighten up over gay issues
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Moscow police have detained several gay rights opponents at the first sanctioned gay rights protest in years, marking a sharp reversal of policy after last week's dismissal of the city's notoriously intolerant mayor.
Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov had
compared gay people to the devil, and gay rights rallies in Moscow were forbidden. Many went ahead regardless and were violently dispersed under his leadership. He was fired this week after President Dmitry Medvedev said he had lost faith in him.
Two dozen activists protested Friday outside Swiss International Air Line's Moscow office against the carrier's alleged role in the kidnapping of the leader of Russia's gay rights movement, which sparked concern in Western Europe.
Nikolai Alexeyev is widely known in the international gay rights movement for his repeated efforts to organize parades in Moscow. Alexeyev alleges the airline removed him from a boarding gate at Domodedovo Airport at the behest of four
unidentified men, not in uniform, who took him to a police station.
Alexeyev was to board a flight to Geneva but instead was taken to the nearby town of Kashira and, he told The Associated Press, insulted with all the slang words for
homosexuals in the dictionary and commanded to withdraw complaints filed against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights
On Friday, Alexeyev and the other activists held aloft posters accusing the Swiss airline of complicity in
kidnapping, while police arrested at least four protesters trying to sabotage their rally.
The police worked professionally, and we are thankful to them, said Alexeyev, who has been roughed up and detained several times by police in the
past. They protected us.
Gay pride organisers take Russia to the European Court of Human Rights
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Organisers of last year's first-ever Moscow Gay Pride have today formally taken their case of the ban by the authorities in the Russian capital of both a parade and a picket to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.
follows the unsuccessful appeals against the bans through the Russian court system, which are now exhausted, as far as requirements of European Court's jurisprudence are concerned.
The organizers are considering appealing pride bans to the Russian
Supreme Court parallel to their European Court application though it will not effect the consideration of the case in Strasbourg.
At the same time, Moscow Pride organisers announced that this year's Moscow Pride will definitely be going ahead, and
that an application for a parade will be made in accordance with Russian law, two weeks before the event, scheduled for Sunday May 27, the day in 1993 when homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia.
The application to the European Court of Human
Rights combines two cases: one concerning the ban by Moscow authorities of the gay pride march and the second concerning the banning of the alternative pride picket, both scheduled for May 27, 2006.
In the application, the litigants claim that in
denying permission to stage both the march and the picket the Russian Federation breached Article 11 (right to freedom of peaceful assembly), Article 13 (right to effective court protection) and Article 14 (discrimination ban) in conjunction with Article
11 of the European Convention on Human Rights, to which Russia is a signatory.
Moscow mayor continues to ban gay parades
Moscow's mayor, who has banned gay rights parades in the past, vowed Thursday to continue his ban on what he called sexual minority propaganda , according to Russian news agencies.
Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who has called homosexuality satanic
, said City Hall has banned, and will continue to ban, the propaganda of the views of sexual minorities. Those views, he is quoted as saying, could become one of the factors for the spread of HIV.
City Hall has rejected repeated
requests by public organizations to draw attention to gay rights with parades. Attempts by activists to defy the ban have ended violently in some cases and petered out in others.