MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor on Friday warned Walt Disney Co against distributing content it said was harmful to Russian children with the release of the short film “Out,” which features a gay protagonist.
Roskomnadzor said he had sent a letter to Disney noting that this was against a Russian law on the distribution of information that “denies family values and promotes non-traditional relationships” to children.
“Out” was released by 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 “non-traditional relationship propaganda” among young Russians. Human rights groups have condemned the legislation, saying it has helped increase social hostility towards homosexuality.
A Russian prosecutor on Monday called for a Dolce & Gabbana Instagram ad showing same-sex couples kissing to be banned in the country.
(Reporting by Alexander Marrow; edited in Spanish by Lucila Sigal)