The Olympic Flame’s Journey Through 10 Antigay Regions In Russia

Before Putin signed Russia’s infamous antigay law, 10 regional governments passed similar laws starting in 2006. Now, the Olympic flame is passing through these places.

1. Ryazan Oblast: Antigay law passed in 2006; Olympic flame arrived October 15

What’s banned: Public actions aimed at “propaganda” of homosexuality (sodomy and lesbianism) among minors.

History of use: Administrative Offenses Code Updated (Article 3.10); activists fined.

2. Kostroma Oblast: Antigay law passed in 2011; Olympic flame arrived October 18

What’s banned: “Propaganda” of homosexuality (sodomy and lesbianism), bisexuality, and transgenderism among minors; “propaganda” of pedophilia.

History of use: Administrative Offences Code Updated (Articles 20.1 & 20.2); charges dropped; public events banned.

3. Saint Petersburg: Antigay law passed in 2011; Olympic flame arrives October 27

What’s banned: Public actions aimed at “propaganda” of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgenderism among minors; public actions aimed at “propaganda” of pedophilia.

History of use: Administrative Offenses Code Updated (Articles 7_1 & 7_2)11; charges dropped; activists fined; public events denied.

4. Kaliningrad Oblast: Antigay law passed in 2013; Olympic flame arrives October 29

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What’s banned: “Propaganda” of homosexuality (sodomy and lesbianism), bisexuality, and transgenderism among minors; “propaganda” of pedophilia.

History of use: Administrative Offenses Code Updated (Articles 20.1 & 20.2); charges dropped; public events banned.

5. Archangelsk Oblast: Antigay law passed in 2011; Olympic torch arrives November 1

What’s banned: Public actions aimed at “propaganda” of homosexuality among minors; repeat offenders face higher fines.

History of use: Administrative Offenses Code Updated (Article 2.13); activists fined; public events banned.

6. Magadan Oblast: Antigay law passed in 2012; Olympic flame arrives November 11

What’s banned: Public actions aimed at popularizing sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality among minors; public actions are defined as activities aimed at inflicting moral and spiritual harm to minors’ development, including through formulating skewed understanding about social equivalence of traditional and nontraditional marriage.

History of use: Administrative Offenses Code Updated (Article 3.16)

7. Novosibirsk Oblast: Antigay law passed in 2012; Olympic flame arrives December 6

What’s banned: “Propaganda” of homosexuality among minors.

History of use: Administrative Offenses Code Updated (Article 4.11).

8. Samara Oblast: Antigay law passed in 2012; Olympic flame arrives December 16

What’s banned: Public actions aimed at “propaganda” of homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism among minors; Public actions are defined as activities aimed at “purposeful and uncontrolled” dissemination of information that can harm health, moral, or spiritual development of minors; “Propaganda” of pedophilia.

History of use: Administrative Offenses Code Updated (Articles 2.28 & 2.29).

9. Bashkortostan Republic: Antigay law passed in 2012; Olympic flame arrives December 22

What’s banned: Public actions aimed at “propaganda” of homosexuality, bisexuality, and transgenderism among minors.

History of use: No sanctions defined, Law on the Rights of Child Updated (Article 14.4)

10. Krasnodar Krai: Antigay law passed in 2012; Olympic flame arrives February 4, 2014

What’s banned: Actions aimed at disseminating information that can harm health, moral, or spiritual development of minors, including through formulating skewed understanding about the social equivalence of nontraditional sexual relations (homosexuality or pedophilia).

History of use: Administrative Offenses Code Updated (Article 2.9.1)

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