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First Russian Media Outlet Fined for Gay Propaganda

Published: January 31, 2014 (Issue # 1795)



  • Protesters at one of the many "anti-gay" rallies held in St. Petersburg last year.
    Photo: National-Democratic Party / VKontakte

Anti-gay propaganda legislation introduced in Russia last year has been used for the first time against media with the fining of a newspaper editor who reported about a school teacher allegedly fired because he was gay.

Alexander Suturin, editor-in-chief of the Molodoi Dalnevostochnik newspaper in the Far East, was fined 50,000 rubles ($1,400), local news website Amurburg.ru 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, Amurburg.ru said.

Related: U.S. Reporter Stages Gay Pride Protest on Russia Today (video)

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.

Suturin denied in court that the report constituted propaganda of gay relationships.

The law against gay propaganda has provoked a backlash in the West and prompted calls to boycott the Sochi Olympics taking place next month.

Related: Putin Signs 'Blasphemy' and 'Gay Propaganda' Bills

The law prohibits informing underage children about the attractiveness of nontraditional sexual relationships and giving them distorted ideas about social equality of traditional and nontraditional sexual relationships.

President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly claimed in public, however, that the law does not amount to discrimination of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community.





 


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Sunday, Nov. 2


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Monday, Nov. 3


Non-athletes can get feed their need for competition without breaking a sweat at the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament this evening at the Cube Bar at Lomonosova 1. Referees will judge the validity of each matchup award points to winners while the citys elite fight for the chance to be called the best of the best. Those hoping to play must arrange a team beforehand and pay 200 rubles ($4.80) to enter.



Tuesday, Nov. 4


Attend the premiere of Canadian director Xavier Dolans latest film Mommy at the Avrora theater this evening. The fifth picture from the 25-year-old, it is the story of an unruly teenager but the most alluring (or unappealing) aspect is the way the film was shot: in a 1:1 format that is more reminiscent of Instagram videos than cinematic art. Tickets cost 400 rubles ($9.60) and snacks and drinks will be available.



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