First conviction under Russia's 'gay propaganda' law

Published: December 4, 2013

Two LGBT activists were convicted and fined on Dec. 3 in a Russian lower court on charges of promoting “non-traditional” relationships. It was the first such conviction under the country’s new “gay propaganda law,” BuzzFeed reported, citing The Moscow Times.

 
Previous “gay propaganda” convictions in Russia have imposed fines for  violations of similar local laws, not the national law passed in June.
 
Alexeyev said he would appeal the conviction to Russia’s Constitutional Court and, if necessary, to the European Court of Human Rights.
 
On the same day, the Constitutional Court dismissed Alexeyev’s legal challenge of St. Petersburg’s local “gay propaganda” law. The court said that the law is not discriminatory because it applies to everyone.
 
Alexeyev is a controversial character among LGBT activists. He has criticized plans for an Olympics boycott as well as Russian LGBT asylum-seekers. In the summer, he weirdly spoke positively about the possibility of re-criminalizing homosexuality in Russia, because it would “make lazy Russian gays fight for their rights.”
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