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Ikea to close online magazine in Russia over ‘gay propaganda’ fears

Ikea to close online magazine in Russia over ‘gay propaganda’ fears

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has announced the closure of the Russian edition of its Family Live magazine to avoid violating the country’s anti-gay propaganda law, the BBC reports.

Ikea said in a statement in Russian on its website that the online magazine, which has the same content in all 25 countries where it is published, features various families and shows how they have decorated their homes, does not discriminate based on sexual orientation and should not have an age restriction.

Under the controversial 2013 law, it is illegal in Russia to ‘promote’ or provide information about ‘non-traditional’ sexual relations to minors although it does not specify what constitutes ‘promotion’.

The company could be forced to pay a fine of up to one million rubles (US$16,261) or halt its activities for 90 days, according to the Guardian.

The AFP reports that the company’s press service in Russia has said it has not received any official warnings related to the anti-gay ban.

In 2013, the gay-friendly retailer came under fire from Swedish gay rights activists for scrapping an article from the December issue of the same online magazine that featured photos and a story about a British lesbian couple and their baby.