IKEA to close lifestyle website in Russia over gay propaganda fears
IKEA is closing its lifestyle website in Russia over fears it could flout the country’s law banning the promotion of gay values to minors.
In a statement, the furniture giant said some articles in IKEA Family Live could be viewed in Russia as gay “propaganda”.
The controversial law was approved by President Vladimir Putin in 2013, drawing criticism from rights groups.
They say it has been used to ban gay rights events, a claim Russia denies.
In a 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.”
It said the online magazine – which is published in 25 countries – “shows different aspects of people’s lives at home, regardless of their age, gender, s**ual orientation, nationality and religion”.
“The magazine reflects the values of the IKEA company, including equal rights and opportunities for all.”
IKEA’s press office in Russia stressed that the company had not received any official warnings in Russia related to the “gay propaganda” law, the AFP news agency reports.
Russian authorities have so far made not commented on IKEA’s move.