Activists in St Petersburg arrested for protesting against ‘gay propaganda’ ban
Police detained two men in St. Petersburg yesterday for protesting against the new law banning “gay propaganda”. As a result, the men are likely to become the first to be convicted under said law.
The two unnamed men, who are reportedly aged 28 and 31, held up placards stating: “Being gay is normal” while stood outside the St. Petersburg City Palace of Youth Arts, a major extra-curricular activities centre for young people.
Their protest directly violates Article 7 of the city’s Administrative Code, which bans any actions promoting homosexuality or bisexuality among minors.
Both men were taken to a police station where their offence was registered. The district magistrate court is likely to issue them with a fine.
Local gay activists are claiming that the men were detained for an unusually excessive period and were charged with taking part in an illegal picket and disobeying police orders.