The Russian federal law "for the Purpose of Protecting Children from Information Advocating for a Denial of Traditional Family Values"also known in English-language media as the "gay propaganda law"   and the "anti-gay law"    is a bill that was unanimously approved by the State Duma on 11 June with just one MP abstaining— Ilya Ponomarev and was signed into law by President Vladimir Putin on 30 June The Russian government's stated purpose for the law is to protect children from "Homosexuality in russia pdf" exposed to homonormativity — content presenting homosexuality as being a norm in society — under the argument that it contradicts traditional family values.
The statute amended the country's child protection law and the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offensesto make the distribution of " propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships " among minors, an offense punishable by fines. This definition includes materials that "raises interest in" such relationships; cause minors to "form non-traditional sexual predispositions"; or "[present] distorted ideas about the equal social value of traditional and non-traditional sexual relationships.
The Kremlin's backing of the law appealed to the Russian nationalist far-rightbut gained broad support among the Russian people. The statute was criticized for its broad and ambiguous wording including the aforementioned "raises interest in" and "among minors"which many critics characterized as being an effective ban on publicly promoting the rights and culture of the LGBT community.
The law was also criticized for leading to Homosexuality in russia pdf increase and justification of homophobic violence while the implications of the laws in relation to the then-upcoming Winter Olympics being hosted by Sochi were also cause for concern, as the Olympic Charter contains language explicitly barring various forms of discrimination.