IKEA pulls Russian magazine over anti-gay law

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IKEA has pulled the Russian edition of its Family Life magazine to avoid being in breach of the country’s anti-gay propaganda law.

Back in 2013, the Swedish furniture giant came under criticism for editing out an interview with a lesbian couple from its customer magazine in its Russian edition.

The retailer has now released a statement saying it will not provide the online magazine in a Russian edition.

Family Life often includes various types of family, including same-sex couples, and the way they decorate their homes.

IKEA argues that the magazine should not have to have an age restriction, but also that it will not discriminate based on sexual orientation in who it picks to be featured.

The statement (Russian) reads: “IKEA FAMILY Live shows different aspects of people’s lives at home, regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality and religion. The magazine reflects the values ​​of the company IKEA, including equal rights and opportunities for all. We strive to talk about people with different lifestyles, different values, traditions, habits and interests.

“The journal is intended for a family audience, and in our opinion, should not have an age limit. We also believe that our readers and is free to determine which publications can be for them interesting or useful.

“Now the content of the magazine in the editions released in 25 different countries will be the same. ”

Despite being harshly criticised for removing the interview with the lesbian couple in 2013, the furniture store has often been criticised by conservative groups for featuring same-sex couples in its advertising.