According to this clip from DW News, Russian government officials are looking to make it illegal to refer to LGBTQ people and issues in a positive manner. This means on television, films, social media, and everywhere else in the country. And that has everything to do with what's going on in America. You see, Russia passed this law in 2013 to initially "protect children from LGBTQ influences." Now officials are trying to expand the law because apparently they think all Russians need "protection" from LGBTQ influences.
At least that's the story they want to tell.
If Russia's initial reasoning to create the law in 2013 sounds familiar, you would be correct.. "Protecting the children" was the reasoning behind Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' law as well as the national version some members of Congress want to pass. Call me paranoid, but I think some people in America are watching Russia's trajectory on LGBTQ rights with a mind to copy it.