A bill that threatened to expand Russia’s crackdown on LGBT rights by stripping gay parents of their children has been withdrawn from consideration, a spokesperson for the parliamentarian who sponsored the bill said on Saturday. The move came to light after LGBT rights activists noticed the bill had been noted as “withdrawn” on the website of the State Duma, Russia’s parliament. A spokesperson for Alexei Zhuravlyov, the far right MP who tabled the bill, later confirmed the move, but said it would be resubmitted after some changes were made. “It’s being recalled for revision — certain legal formulations will be clarified, and then after some points are removed, it will be brought to the State Duma again,” Sofia Cherepanova, Zhuravlyov’s spokesperson, told RIA-Novosti, a state-run news agency. “We hope to pass the bill.”
We have to wonder if the bill has merely been withdrawn until after the Sochi Olympics.