IKEA stops online Russian magazine due to gay propaganda law

An Ikea store in Russia Staff Reports

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Ikea, the world’s largest furniture retailer, says it is halting its online magazine in Russia out of fears it violates the country’s law banning promotion of same-sex gay values to minors.

An Ikea store in Russia

An Ikea store in Russia

The Swedish retailer says its magazine IKEA Family Live “demonstrates various aspects of home life regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation.”

In a Russian language statement, IKEA said, “When we do business, we observe the legislation of the countries where we work, therefore to avoid violations, we have taken the decision to stop publishing the magazine in Russia.”

The magazine – which is published in 25 countries – “shows different aspects of people’s lives at home, regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality and religion,” the retailer said. “The magazine reflects the values ​​of the Ikea company, including equal rights and opportunities for all.”

The law passed in 2013 bans promotion of “non-traditional sexual relations” to people under the age of 18.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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