LGBT picketers in St. Pete potentially first violators of infamous 'anti-gay' law
6.04.12 16:22 By News dept
«They were holding banners saying «Gay is normal», a police source said Photo: GayRussia.Ru
Two LGBT activists were detained for holding pickets in the center of Saint Petersburg on Thursday, Interfax news agency reported. They might be the first to be charged with violating the infamous "anti-gay" law.
A police source told Interfax that on Thursday two young men, residents of Krasnoyarsk and Lipetsk regions were caught.
"They were picketing, holding banners with the words "Gay is normal", which means they violated the administrative code's article 7-1, which prohibits propaganda of homosexuality among minors," the source said.
Both activists were taken to a police department where they await a judge's decision due later on Friday.
The leader of Russia's LGBT community, Nikolay Alexeev, said the two men are also charged with holding unauthorized pickets and disobeying the police.
They face a fine up to 5 thousand rubles according to the "anti-gay" law and another fine or a jail term for holding the illegal protest.
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