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IKEA Spikes Story on Lesbian Couple in Russian Mag

Wednesday Nov 20, 2013
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  (Source:AP Photo/Mark Lennihan )

Swedish furniture retailer IKEA says it has spiked an article about a lesbian couple in the Russian edition of its customer magazine because that would have contravened that county’s law on gay propaganda.

IKEA spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson says the story about the couple living with their child in London appeared in the December print edition of its club magazine and was available for customers in 25 markets worldwide, but not in Russia.

Magnusson said Wednesday that due to the advice of legal experts, IKEA was not able to publish the article because Russian law "has restrictions regarding promoting homosexual relationships."

Last year, the furniture giant was criticized for deleting images of women from the Saudi version of its furniture catalog.

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