Gay rights campaigner fined in Russia for 'propaganda'

Nikolay Alexeyev in a photo from May 2010 Nikolay Alexeyev is ready to appeal

Related Stories

A court in St Petersburg has fined Russia's best-known gay rights campaigner for spreading "homosexual propaganda" among minors.

In the first ruling of its kind, Nikolay Alexeyev was fined 5,000 roubles (£105; $170; 129 euros) after being arrested under the new ban.

He pledged to appeal against the decision, going to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary.

The ban enacted this year by local lawmakers drew international protests.

While it is still only a local law, other regions of Russia such as Novosibirsk have passed similar legislation.

Mr Alexeyev, who has unsuccessfully campaigned for the right to hold a Gay Pride parade in Moscow, was detained last month when he went to St Petersburg's city hall with a placard reading "Homosexuality is not perverted".

More on This Story

Related Stories

More Europe stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

Programmes

  • A computer generated of image of a robotic probe issued by Lunar MissionClick Watch

    Scientists seek crowdfunding to send probe to the Moon, plus other technology news

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.