Russia begins banning books in its war on “gay propaganda”

Book destruction under Stalin
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Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Chekov beware: Putin is coming for the books.

The latest front in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war on LGBTQ+ people is purging books with LGBTQ+ content from Russia’s bookshelves and the internet.

A new council set up by the Russian Book Union, a nominally independent body representing publishing professionals, has been tasked with conforming the publishing industry to Russia’s trifecta of anti-gay laws and rulings, according to France 24.

The council’s first act was to ban the sale of novels A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham, Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, and Heritage by Russian writer Vladimir Sorokin.

The council decided those works contravened article 6.21 of Russia’s code of administrative offenses, which prohibits…

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