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ADDED ON: 09/11/2020

St. Petersburg Schoolchildren Screened for LGBT ‘Propaganda’

09/10/2020 | Moscow Times

Teachers in Russia’s second-largest city of St. Petersburg have been instructed to monitor their students’ social media profiles for the presence of “LGBT symbols,” the LGBT Network rights group said. Any such symbols would be considered violations of Russia’s 2013 law that bans the display of “gay propaganda” toward minors. This spring, teachers of grades 5-11 in St. Petersburg’s Nevsky District were instructed to comb through their students’ social media pages and submit detailed reports on students who post “LGBT symbols” to the police, the LGBT Network said this week, citing screenshots of messages it obtained. District administrators confirmed the LGBT Network’s report, noting that the monitoring was part of an effort to protect children’s interests within the framework of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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