LGBT activist fined for gay propaganda in Tatarstan
KAZAN, December 19 (RAPSI) – A magistrate court in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, ruled Thursday that gay rights activist Dmitry Isakov, who held a one-man demonstration in support of the LGBT community, is to be fined 4,000 rubles ($120) for “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations," a court representative told RIA Novosti.
Isakov held two one-man demonstrations in support of LGBT rights in Kazan in late June after local activists were denied the right to hold a larger meeting.
The case was sent to court after a teenager from the Arkhangelsk Region, who read about Isakov’s demonstrations online, demanded that law-enforcement authorities charge him for promoting gay propaganda.
The first fine for gay propaganda among minors was issued in Russia in May 2012.
The law on “gay propaganda,” which entered into force in St. Petersburg in March 2012, stipulates fines for those who breach the law in the city.
The law was sharply criticized by the LGBT community and rights activists in Russia and abroad. However, the St. Petersburg law was developed into a federal law and passed by the State Duma on June 30, 2013.