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Russia Update: October 29, 2015
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Russian Parliament Wants To Fine Gays Who Come Out; Condemns US Foreign Policy to Defend LGBT Rights
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The State Duma or lower house of the Russian parliament wants to fine members of the LGBT community who publicly acknowledge their sexual preferences, Novaya Gazeta reported, citing a document on the official web site of the Duma.

The MPs says that persons who "publicly demonstrate their perverted sexual preferences in public places" should be fined 5,000 rubles ($77), and if they come out in educational or cultural institutions or government offices, they could face up to 15 days of prison.

The text of the proposed legislation which has been dubbed the kaming-aut law, a transliteration of the English phrase "coming out," contains a number of homophobic ideas and cites Russian doctors and even invokes Hillary Clinton to drive home the point that the promotion of the gay identity is "a serious danger to society" (translation by The Interpreter):

"Gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights" is the thesis of former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. On December 6, 2011, US President Barack Obama issued a directive declaring the fight for the rights of sexual minorities abroad (!) as a priority of American foreign policy and urged a rapid response to "serious incidents" threatening the rights of the LGBT communities (communities of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered).

The holding of gay parades, during which people come out on the streets not to defend their rights but to demonstrate their perverted, atypical sexuality, is directly related to such propaganda. It turns out that these events are public shows aimed at demonstrating sexual orientation and affirming a positive image of homosexuality in society, no matter what political slogans and European conventions they hide behind. Moreover, a simple demonstration of non-traditional sexual preferences by representatives of the sexual minorities in places of mass gathering, public transport, etc. can lead to the same consequences.

Such propaganda of homosexuality constitutes a special danger for children and adolescents, who are sometimes particularly vulnerable to suggestion. The aggressive promotion of homosexual views, including under cover of defense of human rights is clearly provocative in nature.

In the opinion of prominent scientists, professional sexologists, and members of the Association of Sexologists of Russia (V.M. Maslov, I.L. Botnevaya, D.D. Enikeyeva), homosexuality is a socially conditioned disease, subject to the laws of social contagion, and the more examples of perverted gender-role behvior (perversions, in medical terminology), even with the caveat that it is "bad," that the growing generation will see on the streets, the more chances
they will have to traverse a distorted path of formation of gender role identity, to be confused about their self-image and become the sought-after prey of already-formed homosexuals and pedophiles.

The authors of the draft law are Ivan Nikitchuk, first deputy chair of the Duma's committee on natural resources and Nikolai Aryefyev, deputy chair of the committee on economic policy.

Nikitchuk is a long-time Communist leader who in the Soviet era held the post of first secretary of the Arzamas-16 party committee, the location of Russia's secret nuclear weapons development. He was elected to the Duma in 1995 and has held his seat since, campaigning (unsuccessfully) for the ban on the use of tobacco by women under 40.

Nikolai Aryefyev has been head of the Astrakhan regional Communist Party branch and has been repeatedly elected to the Duma as a member of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and is a member of the Communist faction of the Duma.

Veteran human rights campaigner Ludmila Alexeyeva said the initiative was "nonsense" and quipped that the legislators should introduce a law on "communist coming-out," said Novaya Gazeta.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick