2012-05-15 10:05:00

Gay fined for homosexuality propaganda appeals court ruling

St. Petersburg, May 15, Interfax - The founder of the Moscow gay pride parade, Nikolay Alexeyev, has filed an appeal with the Smolninsky district court in St. Petersburg, against a ruling imposing a fine for homosexuality propaganda, according to the GayRussia movement.

The complaint was filed against the ruling by court judge Maya Yakovleva who found the activist guilty of homosexuality propaganda among minors and fined him 5,000 rubles, the organization said.

In his detailed appeal Nikolay Alexeyev demands that the ruling be overturned because it violates the Russian Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

"If the guilty verdict is upheld by the district court, I will take the case to the European Court of Human Rights and the Russian Constitutional Court with the aim to check whether Milonov's document (Vitaly Milonov, the author of the bill) complies with the country's Fundamental Law," Alexeyev was quoted as saying.

On May 4 a court in St. Petersburg found Alexeyev guilty of violating the local ban on homosexuality propaganda among minors. This is the first case of legal application of the recently imposed ban. The court found that by holding a lone picket outside the Smolny (city authorities) building on April 12, the activist was engaged in propaganda of homosexual relations among minors. Under the court ruling, Alexeyev must pay a 5,000 ruble fine for holding the picket.