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.

Posted January 30, 2014 at 12:25pm ETC by Andy Towle
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