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Russia removes children’s book over gay propaganda fears

Politicians have called on government to approve raids of children's book shops, in order to make sure they are not learning about homosexuality

A Russian library has removed a children’s book over fears it breaks the ‘gay propaganda’ ban.

 ‘Families. Ours and Theirs’ by Vera Timenchik was donated to the Ulianovsk Regional Scientific Library under a charity project aiming to teach diversity and tolerance to children aged 10 – 13.

Timenchik’s book explores all the different types in families in various countries and cultures. It also includes information on same-sex marriage.

The book has already been removed from Ulianovsk Regional Scientific Library.

‘There is a problem with the contents of this book, because the promotion of such [homosexual] relations is prohibited by the Russian law,’ a spokesman for the local prosecutor’s office said, according to RIA Novosti.

Late last year, shops were forced to remove a history book about LGBT icons in the Saratov region.

The book, which celebrated people like Elton John, Ellen DeGeneres and Russia’s own Tchaikovsky, was censored because it ‘deliberately released as confectionary designed for children, having a bright cover and nice glossy paper’.

State Duma deputy Olga Batalina has supported raids, promising to fine book stores heavily if they catch them supporting gay literature.

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