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posted Friday, December 27 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 52
Russian court convicts Gay rights activist
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Russian court convicts Gay rights activist

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

What Vladimir Putin gives with one hand, he takes away with the other. Just as prominent political prisoners Pussy Riot and Mikhail Khodorkovsky were being released from prison by Russian authorities, another Gay rights activist was convicted of violating the country's 'Don't Say Gay' law.

Dmitry Isakov was convicted of 'homosexual propaganda' on December 19. He faces a fine of 4,000 rubles ($120). Isakov was the first person arrested under the new law and the third to be convicted.

In June, on the very day that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the anti-Gay law into effect, Isakov stood in the main square of Kazan holding a sign that read: 'Being Gay and loving Gays is normal. Beating Gays and killing Gays is criminal.'

He says he was immediately arrested, roughed up by police, and taken to the local jail. Although police initially released him without charges, he was re-arrested in September when a teenager in another province filed an official complaint after seeing the incident online. Isakov's own parents helped authorities to apprehend out him.

The boy, Erik Fedoseyev, later revealed he had been coerced by his father into filing the complaint.

Despite the court's decision, Isakov told the New York Times in a telephone interview that he plans to continue his activism. 'I will not stop,' he said.

Activists Nikolai Alekseyev and Yaroslav Yevtushenko were convicted of violating the same law on December 9, and each fined 4,000 rubles. They were arrested for holding a banner reading 'Gay propaganda doesn't exist. People don't become Gay, people are born Gay' near a library in the northern city of Arkhangelsk.

Alekseyev is the controversial founder of Moscow Pride. He has worked at cross-purposes with many other Russian Gay rights activists, notably opposing boycotts of the Sochi Olympics and Russian products.

'It is the first time in the history of Russian court decisions that there is a prosecution for promoting non-traditional sexual relations under the new federal law,' Alekseyev said after leaving the court. He pledged to appeal the case in the coming days in hopes of bringing the question before the Constitutional Court of Russia - the nation's highest court - and even to the European Court of Human Rights.

In May, Alekseyev was convicted of violating a similar provincial law in St. Petersberg for displaying a poster with a quote by famous Soviet-era actress, Faina Ranevskaya: 'Homosexuality is not a perversion, unlike grass hockey or ice ballet.'

He was fined 5,000 rubles ($150). His appeal of that conviction was rejected by a court, which ruled that the government has an obligation to 'protect children from information, propaganda and campaigns that can harm their health and moral and spiritual development.'

The court also said that the law is not discriminatory, as Alekseyev charged, because the propaganda ban applies to everyone in the city equally, regardless of sexual orientation.

Yevtushenko was part of a protest at the St. Petersburg registry office, in which five same-sex couples applied to register their marriages. All the applications were rejected, but no charges were filed against the couples who participated.

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