Russian Toy Store Under Fire for Selling Gay Propaganda Game

By Daniel Reynolds

Originally published on Advocate.com December 17 2013 3:35 PM ET

Officials are investigating a chain of Russian toy stores for a possible violation of the country’s so-called gay propaganda ban.

A resident of the city of Stravopol has filed a complaint against the Katyusha toy stores for carrying a party game called Fanty, which includes an instruction for players to enact an erotic film scene with a person of the same sex, reports Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

As Fanty markets itself to children age 12 and older, it may violate the country’s ban on "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" accessible to minors. The local prosecutor’s office will release the results of its investigation after 30 days.

Activists worldwide have criticized the controversial gay propaganda ban, which was signed into law by President Vladimir Putin this summer, with many urging a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The laws have contributed to a hostile environment for LGBT Russians. The last few months have seen a rash of targeted violence, including a series of about 20 attacks on Central Station, Moscow’s largest gay club.