St. Petersburg, Russia Arrests First Violators Of Anti-Propaganda Law

Police in St. Petersburg, Russia have made the first two arrests under the state’s new criminal ban on “propaganda” that promotes LGBT identities. The two men were standing in front of a government-run arts center with signs that read “Homosexuality is normal,” intentionally violating the speech-limiting law to force a judicial challenge. They face fines of $170 plus possible additional penalties for demonstrating in a public area without official sanction. A larger protest that was declined such authorization is scheduled for tomorrow. The Russian Parliament is considering legislation that would ban “gay propaganda” across the entire country.