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First Publication Fined for 'Gay Propaganda' in Russia

A publication has been fined under Russia's ban on 'gay propaganda' for the first time, RIA Novosti reports:

Molodoi-dalnevostochnikAlexander Suturin, editor-in-chief of the Molodoi Dalnevostochnik newspaper in the Far East, was fined 50,000 rubles ($1,400), local news website said Thursday.

Suturin, who blamed the verdict on a “shadow morality police” and “brown plague,” said he would appeal.

Molodoi Dalnevostochnik, the oldest publication in the Khabarovsk region, came under fire because it bears a label warning people only above the age of 16 to visit its website, said.
A law passed in June prohibited “promotion of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.” The age of majority in Russia is 18.

The story in questioned, titled “A History About Gay-ography,” dated back to September.

It detailed the claims of a local geography teacher and gay rights activist who said he was pressured into quitting his job at school and assaulted by neo-Nazis because of his sexuality.

We reported on this story back in November after the publication was accused of violating the law.

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  1. If it doesn't seem bad enough - e.g. compared to other things in Russia you have heard about - remember that it's going to have a chilling effect on the attempts to make things better and even on neutral portrayals of gay people in the media.

    Posted by: Eugene | Jan 30, 2014 1:12:51 PM

  2. The offending phrase spoken by the teacher and reported in the article was "My very existence proves that being gay is normal."

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jan 30, 2014 1:23:14 PM

  3. So stupid. Although, it is heartening to know that there's at least one country on the planet whose currency is still weaker than the US dollar.

    Posted by: FFS | Jan 30, 2014 8:11:38 PM

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