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.


  1. Eugene says

    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.

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