Meanwhile, in the legislation of the Russian Federation itself, there are no definitions of the words “homosexuality” and propaganda.” It is for this reason that article 282 of the Penal Code “Incitement of national, racial or religious hostility” was previously amended. For now, propaganda is a subjective term, and everyone is free to interpret it in their own way, from kissing same-sex couples in public places to depicting a rainbow.
The law on the promotion of homosexuality passed in St. Petersburg is not the first project to deal with this subject. Deputy Alexander Chuev in the past repeatedly submitted for consideration of the Duma the law aimed at establishing responsibility (unlike the current law, not administrative, but criminal) for propaganda of homosexuality. This bill offered a more detailed interpretation of the term. According to it, propaganda refers to public appearances, films and books of homosexual subjects, mention of homosexuality in the media, and demonstration of homosexual orientation. The draft was repeatedly rejected under consideration as contrary to the constitution.
Many prominent figures, including the head of the Yabloko faction, Grigory Yavlinsky, made harsh criticism after the adoption of the current law. The deputy of the faction was confused just by the lack of definition of the term “propaganda”, contradiction of federal legislation, as well as international human rights instruments”.
Meanwhile, the law went into effect. So far in St. Petersburg, only one activist of the LGBT organization Nikolay Alexeyev has come under his action. The young man was at Smolny’s side with a poster that featured Faina Ranevskaya and printed her famous utterance: “Homosexuality is not a perversion. Perversion is field hockey and ice ballet.” The judge motivated the decision by the fact that the poster could be seen by minors.