Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
VENICE

Venice suspends sister city with St Petersburg over gay bill

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Venice, January 30 - Venice has suspended its
'sister city' status with St Petersburg over Russia's bill
banning the promotion of homosexuality among minors.
The accord between the cities is culturally based and was
established after the fall of the Soviet Union.
"Cultural agreements have no place (with a government) that
fosters violence and abuse, which poorly conceal a return to a
real dictatorship," said Venice City Councilwoman Camilla
Seibezzi, who co-authored the motion in her city.
Milan passed the same measure last month, and LGBT leaders
in Turin are pushing city administrators to follow suit.
Russian MPs on Friday gave their backing to a bill banning
"homosexual propaganda" among minors in its first reading as
supporters and opponents clashed outside parliament.
The bill paves the way for the introduction of a ban on the
promotion of gay rights across the federation.
The proposed legislation introduces a fine of between 100
and 125 euros for individuals, between 1,000 and 1,250 euros for
public authorities and between 10,000 and 12,500 euros for legal
entities caught organising events promoting homosexuality or gay
rights.
Other similar provisions are already in force in the
Novosibirsk region of Siberia - which forwarded the bill to the
Russian parliament - and in other parts of the country including
the second-largest city, St Petersburg.
The bill is subject to two more readings in the Duma, after
which it must be approved by the Upper House and President
Vladimir Putin before it can become law.

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