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Russian Parliament Member Calls U2 ‘Songs of Innocence’ Cover Homosexual Propaganda

Russia’s controversial law against disseminating gay propaganda to minors is being invoked by a hardline rightwing member of their Parliament against Apple and U2.

Billboard reports that Alexander Starovoitov, member of the lower house of the Russian parliament, has asked for an investigation of the band’s uploading of their latest album, Songs of Innocence, to all iTunes accounts because he feels the cover art is homosexual propaganda.

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“In 2014, tracks by U2 were uploaded in a viral way to my Music folder in iTunes, with the album cover featuring what I believe to be two men engaged in a manifestation of non-traditional sexual relations,” Starovoitov told the prosecutor’s office in quotes that were reported by a well-known pro-Kremlin daily paper, Izvestia.

The Guardian reports that the paper also quotes lawyer Evgeny Tonky, who wishes to “sue Apple for compensation for moral damages on behalf of his own son.”

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