29 June 2015, 18:20
Russian courts imposed fines for gay propaganda only twice last year
Moscow, June 29, Interfax - In 2014 there were only two Russian court rulings imposing a fine under an Administrative Code article banning the propaganda of non-heterosexual relations among the underage.
One case concerned a company, the other an official. The total fine amounted to 245,000 rubles, according to a statistic released by the Russian Supreme Court's Judicial Department, a copy of which was obtained by Interfax.
Meanwhile, five people were acquitted, their cases closed.
According to figures on the portal of Moscow magistrates, there were no court fines for the propaganda among minors in 2014 or 2015.
For his part, the founder of the Moscow gay pride parade, Nikolay Alexeyev, told Interfax that the LGBT movement will continue to fight the law, including at the European Court of Human Rights.
In his view, the extremely low number of administrative cases "does not mean the law is stillborn" since it is being actively invoked to ban LGBT events.
"But I am certain that eventually this law, like the similar one once passed under Margaret Thatcher in England, will be repealed. By the way, the law there was not enforced either, but it remained in force to show that LGBT people are second-class citizens. Our fight against this law will, at any rate, continue until the victorious end. And the forthcoming decision by the European Court will pay an extremely role in this process," said the gay activist.
In 2013, Russia passed a law banning propaganda of non-heterosexual relations among minors.