A teenager from Biysk (Altai Krai) has been found guilty of “propaganda of homosexuality among minors”.
Maxim Neverov has been fined 50,000 rubles (£600) for publishing photos on the social network site Vkontakte.
The pictures were reportedly of “young men whose appearance [partly nude body parts] had the characteristics of propaganda of homosexual relations”.
The Russian LGBT Network claim the teenager refused to testify, as he was not allowed to consult his lawyer while the police officer was filing the report.
The Commission on Minors and Protection of Minors’ Rights “considered” the case, and Neverov was then provided a lawyer by The Russian LGBT Network.
Back in May, Neverov submitted 12 applications to the city administration to allow a performance of ‘Gays or Putin’ to take place. All 12 applications were rejected, and the case was later discussed by the local Duma.
The Commission will soon provide the reason for their judgment and a decision on his appeal will be made.
The gay propaganda law was unanimously approved by the State Duma and signed into law by President Vladimir Putin in 2013.
Its aim is to “protect” children from homonormativity – content that presents homosexuality and LGBTQ culture as being a norm in society.