MOSCOW – Walt Disney Co has been warned by Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor against distributing content it considers harmful to children in the country with the release of a short film, “Out,” which features a gay lead character .
Roskomnadzor said he sent a letter to Disney noting that it was against Russian law to disseminate information that “denies family values and encourages non-traditional sex” to children.
“Out” was released on Disney + in the United States last year.
Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Same-sex relationships are legal in Russia, but a 2013 law prohibits the dissemination of “propaganda about non-traditional sex” among young Russians.
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Human rights groups have condemned the legislation, saying it has helped increase social hostility towards homosexuality.
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