In Russia Hillary Clinton's Campaign Video Would Have Been Banned

For using children for the purpose of an election campaign and for presenting gay lifestyle as a positve if it can be seen by children

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This is an excerpt from an article that originally appeared at Bloomberg

If Hillary Clinton had just announced her candidacy to run for president in Russia, rather than in the U.S., she'd already be in deep trouble -- just because of the video she made for the occasion.

To an American, her fast-paced, feel-good YouTube clip might look like a bland and insincere attempt to touch base with all the main voter groups, or a firm promise to look after the interests of the middle class, made in a hip, iPhone-ready format. 

Russian election watchdogs, however, would cry foul from the first seconds. "According to Russia's 'law' on 'elections,' Hillary would have already been disqualified," tweeted Leonid Volkov, who ran opposition activist Alexei Navalny's inspired, but unsuccessful 2013 campaign for election as mayor of Moscow.

See this? In the very first second?


And this, coming on the heels of that first terrible infringement so fast I could only get a screenshot on the fifth try:


And, as though that wasn't enough:


These are all violations of Article 48, Part 6 of Russia's Federal Law on the Basic Guarantees of the Election -- and Referendum -- Related Rights of the Citizens of the Russian Federation. According to this legislation "it is forbidden to involve in election or referendum campaigning such persons as have not attained the age of 18 on the day of the vote, and to use their images and statements in campaign materials." The only exception made is for families of the candidates themselves.

Then there's this part, which provided the headline for the story on Clinton's presidential bid in the Russian government's official newspaper, Rossiyskaya Gazeta -- "Two Gays Filmed in Hillary Clinton's Video":


In Russia, this image would violate the 2013 Administrative Misdemeanors Code, Article 6.21, Part 2, which threatens fines of up to 1 million rubles ($19,000) for "the propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors through the spread of information aimed at forming non-traditional sexual standards."

In other words, Russian regulators could have argued -- in strict accordance with several different laws -- that children need to be protected from the Clinton campaign. At the very least, the video would have been banned and access shut off by Roskomnadzor, Russia's censorship body for the Internet. 

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