Russian activist found guilty of ant-gay propaganda
A third Russian activist has been found guilty of the nation’s anti gay propaganda law. Dmitry Isakov, a bank teller and student from the Russian city of Kazan, was fined 4000 roubles for his crime.
Isakov was arrested in June after trying to get Kazan authorities to approve a gay pride march. When permission was denied, Isakov took to the streets of Kazan bearing a sign which read: ‘To be gay and to love gays is normal. To beat gays and kill gays is criminal’.
Unfortunately for Isakov, the day he staged his protest, President Putin also signed the anti-gay propaganda bill into law. Isakov was subsequently attacked, wrestled to the ground and arrested by police. He was taken to the police station where he alleges he was severely beaten.
Isakov says he will appeal his sentence. Russian LGBTI activists believe Isakov's conviction is another sign authorities are ramping up the use of the law.
On December 4, Nikolai Alexeyev, the founder of the Moscow Gay Pride Movemen was the first to be found guilty and fined. Alexeyev was also fined 4000 roubles for carrying a placard that read: ‘Gay propaganda doesn’t exist. People don’t become gay, people are born gay’ near a library in the northern city of Arkhangelsk.
Fellow protestor, Yaroslav Yevtushenko, who was also demonstrating in front of the children’s library with Alexeyev was also convicted and fined on the day.