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Crackdown On Gay 'Propaganda' In Russia

A law introduced in the Russian Parliament this week aims to punish "homosexual propaganda" aimed at children. Critics are worried this is just another way to outlaw homosexuality.

Gay Pride in Moscow. The sign reads
Gay Pride in Moscow. The sign reads

MOSCOW- Russian lawmakers introduced a bill this week that would punish "homosexual propaganda" directed at minors. This comes on the heels of the recent adoption of similar legislation in St. Petersburg, the second-largest city in the country, that makes " homosexual and pedophile propaganda" punishable by fine, in amounts ranging from approximately $170 for individuals to $17,000 for corporations.

The law introduced on Thursday in the Russian Parliament, the Duma, will essentially make the St. Petersburg law national.

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Firefighters work to put out the fire in a mall hit by a Russian missile strike

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Officials fear the death toll will continue to climb after two Russian missiles hit the Armstor shopping center in the central Ukrainian city of Kramenchuk. According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, more than 1,000 people were inside the mall Monday at the time of the attack.

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For the moment, the death toll is at 18 with 36 people missing and at least 59 injured, reported a regional official on Tuesday. The search and rescue operations continue under the rubble.

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