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Russia warns Disney against distributing short film featuring gay character

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MOSCOW, May 28 (Reuters) - Russia's communications regulator Roskomnadzor on Friday warned Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) against distributing content it said was harmful to children in Russia with its release of a short film, "Out", which features a gay main character.

Roskomnadzor said it had sent a letter to Disney noting that it was against Russian law to distribute information which "denies family values and promotes non-traditional sexual relationships" to children.

"Out" was released on Disney+ in the United States last year.

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Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Same-sex relationships are legal in Russia, but a 2013 law bans disseminating "propaganda on non-traditional sexual relations" among young Russians. Human rights groups have condemned the legislation, saying it has helped increase social hostility towards homosexuality.

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Reporting by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Nick Macfie

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