A video backing constitutional reforms that President Vladimir Putin is putting to a national vote next month sparked widespread criticism Tuesday for its anti-gay message.
In the video made by a media group called Patriot linked to US-sanctioned Putin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin, a small boy from a Russian orphanage finds out he is being adopted by a gay couple.
“Here’s your new mum. Don’t be upset,” one of them says while the other pulls out a dress for him to wear.
“What Russia do you choose?” the voiceover says.
“Decide the future of the country. Vote for the amendments to the constitution.”