Yes, the Russian Government really was in the process of drafting a law to make emo and Goth music illegal. I don't know if the proposed ban was carried out or not, but - well, wow. And not in a good way. What more would this law entail? Regulation of Goth and emo-themed websites; and a ban on people dressed in Goth or emo fashions entering schools (!) or government buildings.
In the draft, these subcultures are described as a 'dangerous teen trend', and, interestingly, in an article I read on the subject, it said that 'young people' would not be allowed to enter government buildings in Goth clothing. Is this because they don't think that adults wear Goth clothes, or does this ban literally only apply to young Goths and emos? Either way, it's a little strange.
I am not entirely sure that the government should have the right to dictate how people dress and what music they listen to. In fact, I think that's stupid, ridiculous, and smacks just a little bit of fascism. Apparently this law will protect young people from depression, suicide and self-harm - I think the authorities of Russia will be in for a surprise. I expect they will discover that banning Goth will not have any effect on the teen suicide rate whatsoever, because I don't think that Goth music or fashion has any connection to suicide.
Honestly, wouldn't they do better to look into the causes of depression and mental health issues and find a sensible, logical way to protect young people instead of drafting legislations based on schoolyard stereotypes and silly misconceptions? I'm not sure what it says about the people running this country; making assumptions about an entire group of people and then legislating against them is generally known as discrimination, last I checked - and making these laws without, apparently, bothering to research what they are actually banning is idiocy, pure and simple.
Let's just hope that this frankly quite worrying approach to mental health concerns and treatment of subcultural enthusiasts does not begin a trend amongst other governments...