First Russians charged over country’s anti-LGBT law for ‘Pride flags’ and ‘rainbow earrings’
Three people have reportedly been charged over Russia’s “anti-LGBT movement” law (Image: Vecteezy)
The first known cases have reportedly emerged of Russian authorities penalising individuals for violating the country’s ‘LGBT public movement law’ after it was introduced last November, with at least three people allegedly receiving fines or jail time.
Russia‘s Supreme Court ruling prohibited the public display of LGBTQ+ symbols, declaring them “extremist”. Shortly after, human rights advocates warned the vague wording of the law could allow prosecution of anyone displaying rainbow flags or related imagery.
On Monday (5 February), a court in the city of Saratov fined artist Inna Mosina 1,500 rubles (£13) over Instagram posts showing Pride flags, according to independent outlet the Moscow Times. Mosina’s defence maintained she was innocent, arguing the posts predated the ban.