Gazprom-Owned TV Channel Fined for ‘LGBT Propaganda’ Over Music Video Kiss

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01/12/2024

A music channel owned by the media arm of Russian energy giant Gazprom was fined $11,300 for spreading “LGBT propaganda among minors” in a 90s-era music video that shows two women kissing, the independent Vyorstka news outlet reported Friday. The music video with the offending kiss aired in July on the channel Lya-Minor TV, which is owned by Red Media, itself a part of Gazprom Media. The video is set to the Russian rock band Tantsy Minus’ 1999 single “Gorod” (Russian for “city”). Vyorstka notes that Russia’s state media watchdog filed a complaint against the channel in September. According to the outlet, the watchdog used a “kissing classification” system to determine that the 9-second snippet showed “gestures of affection and tactile gestures, as well as kissing scenes between two persons of the same biological sex.”

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