Russian lawmakers have been considering a nationwide law that would ban “homosexual propaganda,” modeled off similar laws that have been passed in St. Petersburg and other cities. Though the bill claims to protect minors from “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality, and transgenderism,” the term “propaganda” is not defined, and thus such a law could essentially ban all free speech on LGBT issues.
Over the weekend, LGBT groups protested the proposed legislation in both Voronezh and Moscow and experienced physical violence in retaliation. Watch videos of the brutal assaults on the peaceful protesters:
RT reports today that consideration of the bill has been indefinitely postponed, but its proponents suspect a conspiracy among its opponents is preventing it from advancing.