Russia: A Schoolchild Was Found Guilty of “propaganda of Homosexuality Among Minors”

Yesterday, on August 7, a teenager from Biysk (Altai Krai) Maxim Neverov was found guilty of “propaganda of homosexuality among minors” and fined 50 000 rubles for publishing pictures in the social network “VKontakte”. The Commission on Minors and the Protection of Minors’ Rights considered the case, the Russian LGBT Network provided a lawyer for Maxim Neverov. It is highly possible that special attention of the law enforcement agencies was caused by the performance “Gays or Putin” that attracted a lot of public attention this May. 

The administrative offence report was filed on July 24, and according to this report Maxim Neverov published on his own page in the social network “some pictures (photos) of young men whose appearance (partly nude body parts) had the characteristics of propaganda of homosexual relations according to the expert  opinion”. When the police officer was filing the report, the teenager was not allowed to consult his lawyer, and refused to testify because of that.

Maxim Neverov points to the absurdity of the fact that the proceedings for propaganda among minors were initiated against a minor, but he expected such a decision. Maxim Neverov is 16 years old; he is a schoolchild. He was one of the organizers of the performance “Gays or Putin”. As a part of this performance, he submitted 12 applications to the city administration to get a permission to organize a public event.  Read more via Russia LGBT Network