Russian President Vladimir Putin seems firmly set against indoctrination of young minds into what he views as a “non-traditional” world order, and passed a law on Wednesday prohibiting same-sex couples from adopting children.
The law is equally applicable to Russian same sex couples residing in Russia or abroad, and to same-sex couples residing in foreign countries when it comes to adopting Russian children.
The purpose of the act is ostensibly to shelter children from the oppression of “dictated non-traditional sexual behavior” and to prevent the resultant “distress.” According to a factsheet on Kremlin’s website there is ample evidence of pedophilic same-sex couples visiting such “distress” upon children they adopt.
The new law amends several federal laws in Russia and also amends the country’s Family code. At the same time it has simplified adoption procedures for Russians and increased the rights of orphans to access medical care.
While Russia is in the process of signing bilateral agreements on child adoption with other countries, the agreement with France – one of the earliest of such treaties – has come under scrutiny after France legalized same-sex marriage in 2013.
Another law signed by Kremlin along the same lines increases punishment and penalties for “propagating homosexuality among minors.” Advertisements which have the possibility of having homosexual connotations and the possibility of viewing by children have been banned.
Penalties for using the Internet or other media for the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations now has a penalty of up to $3000 for individuals and about $ 30, 0000 for organizations. Infringement of the law can put foreigners in jail and cause them to be deported.
Gay activists and human rights organizations in Russia and abroad heavily criticized Putin’s new laws and indicated that the new laws can lead to an escalation of homophobia.
However, Putin insisted that as far as workplaces were concerned there was no discrimination in Russia against people who prefer same sex relations. At a Russia-EU summit held on 4th June, he said, “Less aggression and less emphasis on these problems would benefit everybody. People of all preferences are working in our country, making careers. We recognize them at state level for particular achievements in the fields where they work.”