In an interview with the CBS, Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, claimed that the reason behind the controversial anti-gay propaganda law is giving Russian children the possibility to discover who they are without external influences.
“We should give them a chance to grow, help them to realize who they are and decide for themselves. Do they consider themselves a man or a woman? A female? A male? Do they want to live in a normal, natural marriage or a non-traditional one? That’s the only thing I wanted to talk about,” said Putin.
He continued by emphasizing how “the problem of sexual minorities has been deliberately exaggerated from the outside for political reasons, I believe, without any good basis.”
To justify that, he brought up the existence of legislation in four states of United States that criminalizes being gay. As he assured, Russia doesn’t have that kind of legislation. United States doesn’t, either, given that those anti-gay laws were removed by the Supreme Court of the country back at 2003.
Putin then emphasized the fact that he doesn’t believe in the persecution of minorities: “I believe there should not be any criminal prosecution or any other prosecution or infringement of people’s rights on the basis of their race, ethnicity, religious or sexual orientation.” Finally, he went on to say that Russia promotes LGBTQAI+ rights: “we not only recognise, but we ensure their rights. In Russia there are equal rights for everyone, including people of non-traditional sexual orientation as well.”