The authors of the letter were lawyer Eduard Demidov and private detective Maxim Zabolotny. They emphasized that they act “to protect children from information, propaganda and agitation that are harmful to their health, moral and spiritual development”. The petitioners demanded that Disney conduct an audit “to determine whether the information is promoting non-traditional relationships among minors” and take steps to stop the company from operating in Russia until their policy is changed.
According to the authors, Disney cartoons have a negative effect on the psyche of children due to the presence of non-binary characters in them. As an example of such characters, they cited the two monster boys from the comedy “Luke” and the same-sex family of two mothers in the movie about Buzz Lightyear.
On November 24, the State Duma adopted a law on LGBT propaganda. The project envisages the prohibition of disseminating information about non-traditional sexual relations and propaganda of pedophilia. In addition, it prohibits the promotion of gender reassignment to adolescents on the Internet, media, books, audiovisual services, films and advertising.