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posted Friday, January 10 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 02
Russian government explains 'Gay propaganda'
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Russian government explains 'Gay propaganda'

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

According to Russian bloggers, government censors have defined nine criteria for determining online content that violates Russia's laws against 'Gay propaganda.' Roskomnadzor, the Russian government agency responsible for overseeing the media, published the guidelines, in a lengthy document of some two thousand pages and twenty different sections.

According to Global Voices website - a collective which translates and publishes global blog posts - the bloggers have been focusing on Section 6 of the new law, titled Criteria of Internet Content Harmful for Children's Health and Development.'

Global Voices lists the nine criteria as follows:

1) Arguing that traditional families don't meet the needs of modern society or the modern individual.
(This includes propagating the idea that the traditional family model has 'lost many of its functions and become an obstacle to the free development of individuals.')

2) Information (contained in either images or prose) that justifies and (or) otherwise vindicates the acceptability of 'alternative family relations.'
(This includes websites that publish 'out-of-context' statistics about children adopted by gay and straight couples, which could lead children and teens to believe that gay couples are 'no worse than straight couples at coping with parental responsibilities.')

3) Using 'intense emotional images' to discredit traditional family models and propagate alternative family models.
(This seems to include virtually any attempt to portray heterosexual relationships negatively and homosexual relationships favorably.)

4) Information that contains 'images of behavior associated with the denial of the traditional family model' that promotes gay relationships.
(This includes all 'graphic demonstrations, in the form of pictures, photographs, or videos, of non-traditional sexual relations,' possibly encompassing even gay pornography.)

5) Instructions on how to experiment with gay sex.


6) Sharing the stories of minors who have 'rejected traditional family values, entered into gay relationships, and shown disrespect to their parents and (or) other relatives.'
(This might include the 'It Gets Better' project.)

7) Information that 'influences the formation of adolescents' self-identity' by 'exploiting their interest in sex.'
(This includes 'false allegations' about the prevalence of homosexual relationships among teenagers in modern society.)

8) Depicting gay people as role models.
(This includes publishing lists of famous living and deceased gay individuals.)

9) The final 'gay propaganda' criterion is perhaps the broadest, including anything that either 'approves or encourages' gay people in their homosexuality.


To qualify as 'propaganda,' Roskomnadzor concludes, the content must also contain 'false information' and have been produced with the intent of influencing public opinion.

According to Roskomnadzor, information on the Internet can transform the family values of children and teenagers by 'exploiting their interest in sex,' and luring them into homosexuality with 'colorful previews.'

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