Putin Signs Law Banning Gender Reassignment in Russia

Russian President Signs Law Banning Gender Reassignment and Changing Gender Information

In a significant move, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that prohibits gender reassignment and changing gender information on official documents. The law, which was passed by the country’s parliament on July 14th, aims to restrict individuals from altering their gender identity and personal information related to gender.

Efforts to Preserve Traditional Values

This latest legislation is part of an ongoing campaign led by the Kremlin to protect traditional values and counter what they perceive as the influence of Western ideas on Russian society. The law intends to safeguard Russia’s “traditional values” and targeted individuals who wish to transition their gender or make changes to their gender-related documents.

  • The law explicitly prohibits altering gender information on citizenship records or any other official documentation.
  • It also outlaws gender reassignment surgery, effectively preventing individuals from physically transitioning.
  • The legislation does not recognize marriages involving transgender individuals and restricts transgender individuals from adopting children.
  • Exceptions are made for individuals with congenital disabilities requiring medical intervention.

A History of Legislation Promoting Traditional Family Values

This recent law follows a series of legislations initiated by President Putin, each aimed at reinforcing traditional family values in the country. Putin first emphasized his commitment to “traditional family values” a decade ago, garnering support from the Russian Orthodox Church.

In 2013, the Kremlin passed a law prohibiting any public promotion of “non-traditional sexual relationships” among minors. Then in 2020, Putin advocated for constitutional reforms that banned same-sex marriage in Russia.

Last year, he signed a law that restricted the “promotion of non-traditional sexual relationships” among adults as well.

Reactions and Criticism

The new law has drawn significant criticism from human rights groups and LGBTQ+ activists who argue that it violates individuals’ right to self-determination, freedom of expression, and equality. Critics see this legislation as a setback for LGBTQ+ rights in Russia and a form of discrimination against transgender individuals.

The law has sparked concerns about the suppression of LGBTQ+ rights in Russia and the violation of international human rights standards.


The recent law signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, banning gender reassignment and changes to gender information, is another step in the government’s campaign to preserve traditional values. The legislation has repercussions for transgender individuals and the LGBTQ+ community in Russia, raising concerns about human rights and equality. The international community will be closely monitoring the impact of this law on the rights and well-being of transgender individuals in the country.

Disclaimer: The above article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Please consult with a legal professional for any specific questions or concerns regarding the topic.

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