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So, what exactly is the problem with this law?

These are the main excerpts of the Federal Law of the Russian Federation N 135-ФЗ of June 29, 2013 - the main portion is Article 3, b.  It seems to us that Justinian and his jurists would instead find this law much too mild...

Is it incompatible in any way with traditional Christian values and traditional Catholic doctrine on the powers of the State and the duties of the government in the protection of family life? More on that after the text of the law:
RUSSIAN FEDERATION

FEDERAL LAW

On amendments to Article 5 of the Federal Law ‘On the Protection of Children from Information that is Harmful to their Health and Development’ and individual legal acts of the Russian Federation with the aim of protecting children from information that promotes the denial of traditional family values


Adopted by the State Duma on June 11, 2013
Approved by the Federation Council on June 26, 2013

Article 1

To amend provision 4 of part 2 of Article 5 of the Federal Law of 29 December 2010 No. 436-ФЗ ‘On Protection of Children from Information that is Harmful to their Health and Development’ (Collection of Laws of the Russian Federation, 2011, No. 1, art. 48; 2013, No. 14, art. 1658) after the word ‘values’ with the following language ‘, promoting non-traditional sexual relations.

Article 2

To amend provision 1 of article 14 of the Federal Law of 24 July 1998 No. 124-ФЗ ‘On basic guarantees for the rights of the child in the Russian Federation’ (Collection of Laws of the Russian Federation, 1998, No. 31, art. 3802; 2008, No. 30, art. 3616; 2009, No. 23, art. 2773; 2011, No. 30, art. 4600) after the words ‘pornographic nature’ with words ‘and from information that is promoting non-traditional sexual relations,

Article 3

To amend the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation (Collection of Laws of the Russian Federation, 2002 ... ) in the following way:

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b) to amend with article 6.21 as set forth below:

“Article 6.21. Propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors

1. Propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors expressed in distribution of information that is aimed at the formation among minors of non-traditional sexual attitudes, attractiveness of nontraditional sexual relations, misperceptions of the social equivalence of traditional and non-traditional sexual relations, or enforcing information about non-traditional sexual relations that evokes interest to such relations, if these actions do not constitute a criminal offence, - is punishable by an administrative fine for citizens in the amount of four thousand to five thousand rubles; for officials – forty thousand to fifty thousand rubles; for legal entities – from eight hundred thousand to one million rubles, or administrative suspension of activities for the period of up to ninety days.

2. Actions that are set out in part 1 of the present article that were carried out with the use of media and/or information and telecommunication networks (including the Internet), if these actions do not constitute a criminal offence, - are punishable by an administrative fine for citizens in the amount of fifty thousand to one hundred thousand rubles; for officials – from one hundred thousand to two hundred thousand rubles; for legal entities – one million rubles or administrative suspension of activities for the period of up to ninety days.
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Article 5


The present Federal Law comes into force on the day of its official publication

President of the Russian Federation V. Putin

[Published on July 2, 2013 in the "Rossiyskaya Gazeta", Federal Issue n. 6117; Source; translation from different sources, adapted where needed.]

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Lest some believe that this is ancient history, the decree of the Second Vatican Council itself on the Media, Inter Mirifica, promulgated 50 years ago, mentions the duty of the State (Publica potestas) in the special safeguard of young people in particular. Absolute freedom in any domain has never been Catholic doctrine:

The public authority, in these matters, is bound by special responsibilities in view of the common good, to which these media are ordered. The same authority has, in virtue of its office, the duty of protecting and safeguarding true and just freedom of information, a freedom that is totally necessary for the welfare of contemporary society, especially when it is a question of freedom of the press. It ought also to encourage spiritual values, culture and the fine arts and guarantee the rights of those who wish to use the media. Moreover, public authority has the duty of helping those projects which, though they are certainly most beneficial for young people, cannot otherwise be undertaken.

Lastly, the same public authority, which legitimately concerns itself with the health of the citizenry, is obliged, through the promulgation and careful enforcement of laws, to exercise a fitting and careful watch lest grave damage befall public morals and the welfare of society through the base use of these media. Such vigilance in no wise restricts the freedom of individuals or groups, especially where there is a lack of adequate precaution on the part of those who are professionally engaged in using these media.

Special care should be taken to safeguard young people from printed matter and performances which may be harmful at their age. (Inter Mirifica)