First Russian Teen found guilty under Gay Propaganda Law

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On August 7, a 16-year-old Russian teenager became the first minor found guilty under the country’s absurd “gay propaganda” law. The boy was accused of publishing homoerotic pictures on the Russian social network VKontakte. But the Russia LGBT Network suspects that his conviction is actually connected to the teen’s LGBTQ activism rather than the photos themselves.

According to the Russia LGBT Network, a July 24 report filed by the Commission on Minors and the Protection of Minors’ Rights said that the teen published “some pictures of young men whose appearance (partly nude body parts) had the characteristics of propaganda of homosexual relations according to the expert opinion.” The teen was fined 50,000 rubles ($762 US) as punishment.

The Network suspects Russian law enforcement agencies of paying special attention to the teen because last May he helped stage a public performance entitled Gays or Putin. The performance attracted public attention and was even discussed in the Russian federal legislative assembly.

The boy had submitted 12 applications to city administrators for permission to stage the performance. The city refused to grant him a permit. He also tried to organise a local Pride parade.

He was reportedly denied access to a lawyer after his arrest and, as a result, refused to testify at his trial. The Network says that the trial failed to prove that he posted the photos in question. They also add that an appeal is under consideration.

In 2013, Russia passed it infamous national law banning any public displays of “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relationships.” The gay propaganda law caused a massive outcry as Russia began to crackdown on LGBTQ activism online and off.

In addition to the gay propaganda law, Russia has an ongoing campaign of kidnapping, torturing and murdering occurring against LGBTQ citizens in Chechnya.

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  1. First Russian Teen found guilty under Gay Propaganda Law milkboys 2018-08-09 News …
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    — Antboy also wants your sex for work.
    —Why the / their / our police and their / our governors care about our / your sex is beyond this guy’s ability to figure.
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    — What the else is is not to this little brain flowering as a reason.
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    — Am not of interest in your kids nor you but why are yoo of interest in me ? — Kids of interest are of similar interest. Those not are ditto. THAT is as far as it goes. Why else do the others even care ? — WHY do they do this hate ?
    — With eight billion people in the world, why do they care ? It is can not be evolution they worry about.
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  2. Look up, on YouTube, Stephen Fry’s interview with the absurd, cringeworthy Deputy Milinov, who crafted the legislation referred to here. Terrible that this is happening in the land that gave the world Tchaikovsky, Diaghilev, Nijinsky and Nureyev.

  3. Russians went from one absolutism (Communism to another absolutism (Russian Nationalism married to Russian Orthodox Religion in the time it took to digest your turkey or goose dinner on Christmas Day 1991. They are a people who need to be dominated. God forbide they actually think for themselves. This young boy thought for himself and this is the outcome. There was a porn channel that showed young Russian boys between 14vand 17 drinking vodka and taking turns fucking a drunk unconscious woman in a park. Of course in the west that is rape. As they weren’t queer in Russia its just a lads night out. Away from the pressures of school and parents. I suppose it could be worse? Two of the boys could have held hands aferwards. I suppose it makes a change from fucking farmyard animals?

    1. And before communism there were hundreds of years of Tsarist absolutism. Poor Russia has no tradition of individual rights and liberty at all. None in the immediately for see able future either. You are quite right.

    1. If you’re going to nitpick over typos, the correct usage of the word is [its]—not [it’s] which is the contraction for “it is.”

      1. “In 2013, Russia passed [it’s] infamous national law”
        — In 2013, Russia passed a law. It is an infamous law. That Russia acts, as a nation, a state, to make a law, its law being its law is obvious. Contractions are not always of the two words.
        — Enjoying dick makes for some more nonsense. It it is more than it as its it is more than the it. NO ? OH.

      2. “is [its]—not [it’s] which is the contraction for ‘it is.'”

        Yes, you’re correct. I got carried away with the absence of the ‘s’ — plus it was very early in the morning when I was at Starbucks. Thanks for noticing that.

  4. First Russian Teen found guilty under Gay Propaganda Law milkboys 2018-08-09 News … What is the problem ?
    — Why do men and women hate men who sex with boys and sex with men ?
    — “HORSE PLAY” is not a phrase of this here’s invent. It is a military display of way old. Farm animals do as much sex as wild animals do. Boys doing farm animal sex is not new. (some farm boys get put to death for that.)
    — WHY is homo and fag and queer a political / legal thing ?
    — PLEASE prove my ignorance.

  5. I’m sure vlad would like for our radge orange bampot to sponsor identical legislation once he has stopped immigration and grown weary of tweeting at genuine citizens who are opening schools that the government should be funding. (If you missed it, ‘radge’ and ‘bampot’ are Glaswegian for ‘raving lunatic’.)

  6. Well in America teens can go to jail for many years, if not decades, for equally silly reasons, so a fine sounds enlightened to me. Russia is nothing compared to America when it comes to repression. Doesn’t mean one can’t criticise Russia too, of course.

  7. Penboy, I remember a while ago that you said when you were a teen in the Vietnam War that you sent love letters to your boyfriend addressed to J. Was J your lover and was he the same age as you? And did he avoid the draft because he was openly gay and femmie like me? A fruity boy that the army wouldn’t take anyway. I’m just interested in that time in history, as anything 20th century for me is history that I don’t remember. Kwell I remember the late 90s. Bill Clinton was inaugurated 37 days after my 5th birthday.

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