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Russian Lawmakers Pass Bill 436-0 Banning “Propaganda of Nontraditional Sexual Relations” as Protesters Beaten, Arrested

By Nataliya Vasilyeva and Mansur Mirovalev

MOSCOW — A bill that stigmatizes Russia’s LGBT community and bans the distribution of information about homosexuality to children was overwhelmingly approved by the lower house of parliament Tuesday. More than two dozen protesters were attacked by anti-gay activists and then detained by police, hours before the State Duma approved the Kremlin-backed legislation in a 436-0 vote, with one abstention.


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