Russia: Shared an article on social? That’ll be a 1000 quid fine… in Russia

Most of us share reports about lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality on our social channels without giving it a second thought.

When Russian LGBT activist Evdokia Romanova did the same she was charged under Russia’s notorious “gay propaganda law”, and now faces a fine of around £1,300 (100,000 roubles), if found guilty.

The posts Evdokia shared included articles from The Guardian and Buzzfeed.

When questioned by the police, Evdokia was denied legal representation and later denied access to her casefile for nearly six weeks. She is now due in court on Monday.

Evdokia works for the LGBT rights organization Samara Regional Public LGBT Movement (Avers) and is an active member of the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights. Read more via Stonewall