Third Russian Convicted Under 'Gay Propaganda' Law

The activist got in trouble for holding a pro-gay sign in a public square.

BY Trudy Ring

December 20 2013 3:07 PM ET

Dmitri Isakov

A third person has been convicted of violating Russia’s “gay propaganda” law, enacted last summer.

A regional court in the city of Kazan convicted activist Dmitri Isakov Thursday, The New York Times reports. The court ruled that he breached the law by standing in a public square in June, holding a sign reading, in Russian, “Being gay and loving gays is normal. Beating gays and killing gays is criminal.” He will be fined about 4,000 rubles, roughly $120.

The law bans dissemination of any material supportive of LGBT rights or even discussing such identities in any venue where minors could be exposed to it.

Two men in Arkhangelsk were convicted a few weeks ago of violating the law with actions similar to Isakov’s, the Times notes. He said his conviction and punishment will not deter him from further activism. “I will not stop,” he told the Times.
 

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