First Russian Fined for So-Called Gay Propaganda

Nikolai Alexeyev, a prominent gay activist in Russia, has become the first person fined for the new crime of spreading gay “propaganda,” the Associated Press reports.

A Russian court fined Alexeyev $170 for violating the new law. He said he plans to appeal. The judge in the case has not yet presented the grounds for the decision but expects to release the information next week.

Nikolai Alexeyev, a prominent gay activist in Russia, has become the first person fined for the new crime of spreading gay “propaganda,” the Associated Press reports.

A Russian court fined Alexeyev $170 for violating the new law. He said he plans to appeal. The judge in the case has not yet presented the grounds for the decision but expects to release the information next week.

Last week, a case involving Sergey Kondrashov, who was arrested for the same reason, had a very different outcome. In that case, Kondrashov, who is heterosexual and himself a lawyer, was charged only with disobeying police orders. The judge left the more serious charge of gay “propaganda” unaddressed, sighting lack of evidence. Even though the outcome was largely favorable for Kondrashov, he is appealing because of what he deems faulty logic. If the initial action the police confronted him on was not a crime, he reasons, then any order he would have disobeyed would not have been a legal police orderread the full article on Advocate.com.