The supreme court of Russia dismissed the appeal by the Russian LGBT organization Coming Out, finding the ‘gay propaganda’ law consistent with the legislation of the Russian Federation.
St. Petersburg law bans ‘propaganda’ of ‘homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexualism, and transgenderism that can damage the health, moral and spiritual development of minors’. The offence carries a fine of up to 500,000 roubles ($16,100)
The law also includes a definition of ‘propaganda’ given in 2010 by a Russian constitutional court.
Last month a milk cartoon was accused of promoting ‘gay propaganda’.
Madonna faced prosecution by Russian authorities for ‘homosexual propaganda’ over her MDNA tour concert which was held at St. Petersburg.
In July GSN reported that over 73 people prosecuted in St Petersburg in first four months under ‘homosexual propaganda’ law.
St Petersbourg’s authorities also recently banned gay pride and fined the event’s organizers.
The law also gave rise to an increase in aggression and violence against LGBT people. Radical-right organizations have already publicly justified violence against LGBT activists by the existence of this law during the attacks on a May 17 International Day against Homophobia rally and other public actions.
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The law was promoted by the ruling United Russia party and adopted by St Petersburg’s city assembly in February following the introduction of similar laws in the Russian administrative regions of Ryazan and Arkhangelsk in 2006 and 2011.