Following the orders of Mr. Putin to fight “Genderless, Fruitless Tolerance” the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (ROSKOMNADZOR) has issued strict guidelines for Russian media sources on how to handle information about LGBT and what is permissible under the anti-gay propaganda law.
In a truly Goebbels style propaganda move ROSKOMNADZOR stated that it is now illegal in Putin’s Russia:
- to say that the traditional family does not meet the full needs of modern society and the modern individual
- to claim the acceptability of “alternative family relationships”
- to portray heterosexual relationships negatively
- to portray homosexuals as positive role models
Putin’s homophobic campaign and crusade against “Western values” are used to distract Russians from the real socio-economic problems. Also, these propaganda moves help Putin to hang on to power. Concentration of power in Putin’s hand has reached unprecedented levels. Authoritarian regime is rapidly becoming a fascist dictatorship where any dissent is severely punished.
Disturbing parallels can be taken from the past.
In 1933 Hitler created “Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda”. Joseph Goebbels was appointed as a chief. One of the missions was to portray Jews in a negative way. Thus Mr. Goebbels stated: “Everywhere, where rats appear, they bring annihilation, destroy man-made things and places as well as food. In this manner they spread diseases like plague, lepra, typhus, cholera, dysentery, etc. They are cunning, cowardly and cruel and act mostly in huge crowds. Just like the jews in mankind.”
In 2013 Putin created “Russia Today” news agency that combined RIA Novosti and state-owned Voice of Russia radio thus dictating full authority over Russian media resources. Mr. Dmitry Kiselev was appainted as a chief. One of the missions now is to portray gays in a negative way. Mr. Kiselev stated: “I think that just imposing fines for homosexual propaganda among teenagers is not enough. They should be banned from donating blood, sperm. And their hearts, in case of an automobile accident, should be buried in the ground or burned as unsuitable for the continuation of life.“
Spectrum Human Rights is advocating for the immediate economic and diplomatic sanctions against Russia and adding homophobic lawmakers on the Magnitsky’s List effectively banning them from entering the US and having their assets frozen.