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St Petersburg Activist Spared Gay Propaganda Conviction

St Petersburg Activist Spared Gay Propaganda Conviction

 

A straight Russian man who was arrested for breaking St. Petersburg’s gay propaganda law has been found guilty of “disobeying police orders,” but the presiding judge refused to invoke the more stringent gay propaganda ban.

This has led to speculation that even Russia’s judicial branch is wary of the law.

Reports the Advocate:

Sergey Kondrashov said in a statement, that he believes the courts are too trepidatious to test the new law.

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Kondrashov said he intends to continue the fight over this law by appealing the ruling. “The courts are afraid of applying this law and do not want to take responsibility for its further enforcement practice. The decision of the judge is illogical and questionable not only to the lawyers eyes, but also to common citizens’ ones. I am determined to appeal against this ruling,” Kondrashov said in a statement. Kondrashov, who is himself a lawyer, further explained that the judge’s failure to rule on article 7.1 [gay propaganda law] was illogical because it isn’t possible to disobey a police order without first determining whether the person was violating a law that warranted the order in the first place.

The judge specifically stated in making his ruling that the more significant charge of so-called gay propaganda was not invoked by the court because of a lack of evidence and protocols on how to decide whether a violation of the law had occurred.

This is extremely interesting because several rights groups and legal commentators have said that the ban is so broad and so vague that there is no clear idea of what constitutes gay propaganda.

Kondrashov was arrested with other protesters on April 7 for holding a pro-LGBT sign in public.

This case has wider implications given that Russian lawmakers have now moved to take the gay gag rule nationwide.

Earlier this month it also emerged that the propaganda law likely had US origins.

 

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Moscow Now Proposing Anti-Gay Law

Russian Gay Activist Attacked While Police Look On

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1:46AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

You can't make a law without determining what 'gay propaganda' is and what it extends to.

6:02AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

and if the right wing get their way it will be illegal to be gay here too.

7:00PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

I made a video about why Homosexuals should have equal rights. It’s at my YouTube channel Zarrakan, and here’s the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdK5ETOJusw

Watch it, share it, and join the fight against the evil Homophobes.

2:28PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

This sickens me. They should be banning homophobia propaganda. Not this silly imaginary "gay propaganda" crap.

2:27PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

This sickens me. They should be banning homophobia propaganda, which does real damage to us LGBT human beings. Not this silly imaginary "gay propaganda" crap.

2:19PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

They still seem to want to punish people. That's not a good way to earn trust.

2:17PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Great news. I hope the Russian Government soon accept how stupid this law is and make some changes for the better.

1:54PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

If you want change you have to push the envelope. Russia, although no longer communist, appears to still retain it's old ways.

I sincerely hope that they are able to strict down the anti-LGBT laws and move to a more open society.

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