Twenty years after homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia, anti-gay legislation is making a rapid comeback, with St Petersburg becoming the latest city to ban "homosexual propaganda".
law, signed by St Petersburg's governor last week, came amid increasing
calls by leading Russian politicians and Orthodox Church officials to
bring anti-gay laws to the federal level. Dmitry Pershin, head of the
Church's youth council, renewed those calls on Mondayafter praising the
St Petersburg law for "helping to protect children from information
manipulation by minorities that promote sodomy".
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