The Russian Federation has a highly centralized, authoritarian political system dominated by President Vladimir Putin. The bicameral Federal Assembly consists of a directly elected lower house State Duma and an appointed upper house Federation Council , both of which lack independence from the executive. The State Duma elections and the presidential election were marked by accusations of government interference and manipulation of the electoral process, including the exclusion of meaningful opposition candidates. The FSB is responsible for state security, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism as well as for fighting organized crime and corruption. The national police force, under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, is responsible for combating all crime.
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The Russian federal law "for the Purpose of Protecting Children from Information Advocating for a Denial of Traditional Family Values" , also known in English-language media as the "gay propaganda law"  and the "anti-gay law" ,     is a bill that was unanimously approved by the State Duma on 11 June with just one MP abstaining— Ilya Ponomarev ,  and was signed into law by President Vladimir Putin on 30 June The Russian government's stated purpose for the law is to protect children from being exposed to homosexuality —content presenting homosexuality as being a norm in society—under the argument that it contradicts traditional family values. The statute amended the country's child protection law and the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses , to prohibit the distribution of " propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships " among minors. This definition includes materials that "raises interest in" such relationships, cause minors to "form non-traditional sexual predispositions", or "[present] distorted ideas about the equal social value of traditional and non-traditional sexual relationships. The statute was criticized for its broad and ambiguous wording including the aforementioned "raises interest in" and "among minors" , which many critics characterized as being an effective ban on publicly promoting the rights and culture of the LGBT community. The law was also criticized for leading to an increase and justification of homophobic violence ,  while the implications of the laws in relation to the then-upcoming Winter Olympics being hosted by Sochi were also cause for concern, as the Olympic Charter contains language explicitly barring various forms of discrimination. Despite the fact that the cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg have been well known for their thriving LGBT communities , there has been growing opposition towards gay rights among politicians since
LGBT history in Russia
Pride parades also known as pride marches , pride events , and pride festivals are outdoor events celebrating lesbian , gay , bisexual , transgender , non-binary and queer LGBTQ social and self acceptance, achievements, legal rights , and pride. The events also at times serve as demonstrations for legal rights such as same-sex marriage. The events became annual and grew internationally. In , New York and the world celebrated the largest international Pride celebration in history: Stonewall 50 - WorldPride NYC , produced by Heritage of Pride commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots , with five million attending in Manhattan alone.
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