Moscow, January 23, Interfax - One of the leaders of the Russian LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community, Nikolay Alexeyev, has said that the Oktyabrsky District Court in the city of Arkhangelsk has rejected his appellate complaint and a complaint filed by gay activist Yaroslav Yevtushenko in an administrative case which saw the pair charged under the gay propaganda law.
"Judge Yury Popov has upheld the accusation resolutions of a lower court judge who fined me and Yaroslav Yevtushenko 4,000 rubles for the lone pickets held outside a children's library. Thus, court rulings under this federal law took effect in Russia on Thursday for the first time," he said.
I intend to pay my fine within the shortest period of time, Alexeyev said. Yevtushenko will pay his as well. Nevertheless, he is planning to challenge the federal ban on propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships among minors in the Russian Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights.
Gay activists staged lone pickets outside the children's library N3 in Arkhangelsk on December 2 after the city authorities refused to allow them to hold a mass picketing, Alexeyev recalled. The picketers were holding posters with slogans in support of the people of non-traditional sexual orientation.
On December 3 a judge at the district court N5 in the city's Oktyabrsky District, Nadezhda Alexeyeva, found Alexeyev and Yevtushenko guilty of committing an offense as defined in part one article 6.21 of the Russian Administrative Code, and fined each 4,000 rubles.