Russian Police Make First Arrests Under New Anti-Gay Law

open quoteRussian police have detained two people in St. Petersburg for breaching a new law banning homosexual propaganda, the first arrests since the city’s legislature passed the controversial legislation in February.

The two gay rights activists were arrested on April 5 after holding placards reading “It’s normal to be gay.”

A court hearing is scheduled for April 6.

Under the new law, people convicted of promoting homosexuality or pedophilia among minors can be fined up to 5,000 rubles ($172) and organizations can be fined up to 500,000 rubles ($17,200).close quote (Read more)

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