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Russia to ban sex change surgery to stop desperate draft-dodging blokes

Panicking Russian lawmakers are looking at banning gender reassignment surgery to stop desperate Russians from fleeing the army.

Last month, we reported how there had been an huge surge in Russian blokes changing their gender in a bid to avoid fighting for war-mad Russian President Vladimir Putin's army in Ukraine.

This sparked anger among Russia's justice ministry, as Putin's officials begin looking at how they could tighten the laws surrounding gender in the hopes that it will stop panicking males making the drastic switch.

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Justice minister, Konstantin Chuychenko said: “A person who changes their passport gender but physically remains the same can get married and adopt children, (which) could result in various legal complications.”

And now, just four weeks later, the country is on the verge of overhauling its laws on gender-affirming surgeries and legal gender change.

According to anti-Kremlin Russian news site Meduza, 400 Russian politicians are backing the changes, which would essential ban gender changes.

Deputy Pyotr Tolstoy said: “This contradicts our values and the principles of our Constitution.

“Why are we doing this?

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“We’re preserving Russia for posterity, with its cultural and family values, with its traditional ways, by placing a barrier in the way of the Western anti-family ideology.”

And Russian Communist Party MP, said: “Both MPs and the justice ministry have suspicions about the growing number of such changes.

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“Those men who did not manage to flee the country after Vladimir Putin's mobilisation last September had rushed to private clinics to do the paperwork.”

A vote on the changes was due to take place on May 15, but that was delayed in order to make the new rules even stronger.

According to official stats, just 2,7000 men changed gender in Russia between 2018 and 2022 – no new figures have been released since the start of the war, however.

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