Russian officials say the new bill is meant to protect the country’s ‘citizens and children.‘
It is now illegal to perform surgeries to change people’s genders in Russia, as was reported by the BBC.
Speaker of the Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, said the bill would “protect our citizens and our children.”
In a telegram post on Friday, Mr Volodin also called gender-affirming surgery a “path to the degeneration of the nation.”
“We are the only European country that opposes all that is happening in the States, in Europe and does everything to save families and traditional values,” he said during the debate on Friday.
“And we need to understand that there won’t be any future if we don’t adopt the law, if we don’t ban gender change.”
Read the full article by Matt Murphy at BBC News here.
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