Police in Russia seize children’s drawings suspecting ‘gay propaganda’

Police in Russia’s Yekaterinburg have seized children’s paintings over what they consider to be depictions of gay love. Police said officers were dispatched on Thursday to check a report in a government-friendly website about the drawings, and have seized 17 for examination.

world Updated: Nov 29, 2018 23:58 IST
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Russia passed a bill in 2013 outlawing public display of what it described “gay propaganda”.(Reuters/File Photo)

Police in Russia’s fourth-largest city of Yekaterinburg have seized children’s paintings over what they consider to be depictions of gay love. Police said officers were dispatched on Thursday to check a report in a government-friendly website about the drawings, and have seized 17 for examination.

The Ura.ru website claimed on Wednesday that a high school drawing competition on the subject of tolerance featured several drawings which depicted same-sex couples. Russia passed a bill in 2013 outlawing public display of what it described “gay propaganda”.

The website published what it said was a picture of one of the drawings which features silhouettes of what appears to be same-sex couples. The headline to the drawing says “We are all unique. We don’t get to choose looks, race, (sexual) orientation”.

First Published: Nov 29, 2018 19:19 IST