Netflix May Face $13,400 Fine for Violating Russia’s ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law

Although it seems quite small compared to what Netflix already in storage, can’t take comfort in knowing their services are now under investigation by the Russian government. Based on Vedomosti, the company may also face suspension of service if found to be in violation of the law.

Olga Baranets, the public commissioner for the protection of families, accused the company of violating a 2013 law that prohibits the dissemination of “non-traditional sexual propaganda” to Russians under the age of 18. Her appeal is being reviewed by the Ministry of Justice of Moscow. Ministry of Home Affairs.

The Russian federal law “For the Purposes of Protection of Children from Information Advocating for the Rejection of Traditional Family Values” has been repeatedly raised by human rights groups including Article 19 and Amnesty International. judgment. There is also an international consensus that the law violates the European Convention on Human Rights, which Russia has ratified.

Vedomosti also reported Earlier this month, Russia could ban streaming services featuring shows and movies depicting “non-traditional sexual relationships and sexual deviance.” This would include pedophilia, exhibitionism, sadism and masochism meaning movies like Fifty shades of gray will not be available domestically.

Of course, this has included homosexuality of any kind, which has led to past censorship of films like Rocket Man and Happy ending as well as TV series Billion.

It will be interesting to see if Netflix found to be breaking the law and if they will be forced to pay a fine or suspend their service in Russia. Netflix May Face $13,400 Fine for Violating Russia’s ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law


TaraSubramaniam is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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