St Petersburg overturns gay propaganda law
St Petersburg local lawmakers have repealed the city’s anti gay propaganda law. But dont start rejoicing just yet. The law was repealed as the city’s local assembly felt it was unnecessary as there is now federal anti gay propaganda laws.
St Petersburg was one of the first city’s in Russia to adopt an anti gay propaganda law. The bill was originally sponsored by Vitaly Milonov and passed into law in 2012.
Despite the law now being repealed, Milonov said he will continue to fight to criminalise ‘gay propaganda’.
Gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev (the only person to have been charged under the law since its inception) said he believed St Petersburg legislators had repealed the law as they feared repercussions from the European Court of Human Rights, where the law is set to be examined after several activists were charged and fined under the law.
if the European Court found the arrests in violation of human rights it would send a strong precendent for both the regional and federal laws to be overturned.