The Russian online cinemas Premier (Gazprom Media) and Start, as well as the company Megafon (co-owner of Start and owner of Megafon TV) were charged with an administrative offense under the article on LGBT propaganda among minors ( part 2 of article 6.21.2 of the Code of Administrative Violations). Information about this is published in the Moscow Common Courts Database, Mediazona drew attention *.
This article of the Code of Administrative Offenses provides for the imposition of a fine from 1 million to 4 million rubles. or suspension of activities for up to 90 days.
At first said RBC that the reason for the start of the administrative procedure was a fragment of the film “Perfect Strangers” due to “a possible LGBT demonstration (namely, a demonstration, not propaganda) and an incorrectly specified age limit “. They added that they would “clarify the situation”.
MegaFon reported that the regulator’s claims are only related to the incorrect age indication (“16+” instead of “18+”). A similar reason was cited in Premier.
Russian video services received the first protocols on violation of LGBT law in mid-April. Then Roskomnadzor saw the demonstration of material containing LGBT scenes to minors on the Movix and Peers.TV sites.
The supervisory authority said it had found 15 similar offenses in a dozen other audiovisual services, but the regulator did not specify the names of the sites and did not explain which content did not comply with the new standards. The RKN noted that “administrative protocols will also be drawn up for any violations identified.”
The State Duma approved bills prohibiting the propaganda of “non-traditional sexual relations”, pedophilia and information likely to “cause the desire to change sex” in the third and final reading on November 24. Already on November 30, the bills were supported by the Federation Council, and on December 5, President Vladimir Putin signed the documents.
The bill, among other things, prohibits the use of “non-traditional sex” images in advertising, introduces increased protection (e.g. paid subscription) for telecommunications content that cannot be viewed by children, and also guarantees that films containing scenes of LGBT propaganda and pedophilia will not receive a rental certificate in Russia.
According to the law, Roskomnadzor has new responsibilities for monitoring the Internet and blocking harmful and dangerous sites. All sites containing prohibited information will be included in a special register and blocked.
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