The mayor of Reykjavik has called for the Icelandic capital to cut its ties with Moscow over Russia’s nationwide ban on homosexual propaganda.
Last month, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, signed a law that stigmatises gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality .
In response, Jón Gnarr, who was one of Iceland’s top comedian’s before becoming mayor of the city in 2010, filed a motion in a city council meeting last week to end his city’s relationship with Moscow.
Since 2007 Reykjavik and Moscow have been “sister cities”.
“In light of the developments that have taken place in recent years in matters of gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Russia, the Human Rights Office and the Mayor’s Office have entrusted the deputy mayor to propose amendments to the existing agreement between the two cities or terminate it all together following consultation with the Foreign Ministry,” read the minutes from the City Council meeting.
Mr Gnarr has long been an advocate for gay rights, appearing in Gay Pride parades in drag.
The anti-propaganda law introduces fines of up to 5,000 roubles (£100) for citizens who disseminate information aimed at minors “directed at forming non-traditional sexual set-up” or which may cause a “distorted understanding” that gay and heterosexual relations are “socially equivalent”, the official publication of the bill showed.
Opponents have called the bill homophobic and so vaguely defined that it would inevitably be used arbitrarily and stir anti-gay sentiment in the country.