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Apple could be forced to suspend all activities across Russia for three months and fined up to 1 million Russian Rubles (NZD $22,000) for breaking Russia’s “gay propaganda”.

Officials in Russia’s Kirov region have launched an investigation into Apple’s Same-Sex Emojis after attorney Yaroslav Mikhailov complained the LGBTI friendly company is breaking the law, by “promoting” gay relationships to children.

During an interview with Gazeta, Mikhailov said he had initially sent his complaint to the Russian children’s rights ombudsman however it had later been forwarded to local law enforcement.


“The police concluded that my complaint was justified, and opened a case on an administrative offense,” the plaintiff said.

Grand Kremlin Palace
Grand Kremlin Palace

This is not the first time Apple’s Same-sex Emoji’s have caused a stir in Russia, in July 2015 Russian State media regulator Roskomnadzor wrote a letter to the youth wing of the ruling United Russia party, calling for an investigation into gay emojis on social media.

Last Updated on Sep 29, 2015

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