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Russia finds gay activist guilty after he was attacked, arrested by his own parents

Court has convicted a young LGBT advocate of gay propaganda, the third time this has happened in the federal law's history
Dmitry Isakov, a 24-year-old, is the third to be convicted under Russia's gay propaganda law.

A Russian court has found a gay rights activist guilty of gay propaganda, the third time this has happened in the law’s history.

While numerous others have been charged, very few have been convicted in Russia for violating the gay propaganda ban.

Dmitry Isakov, a 24-year-old bank clerk and student, was fined 4,000 rubles ($121, €89) – the minimum for an individual violation.

Back in June he was arrested twice after he tried to get permission from authorities to hold a gay pride march in the Russian city of Kazan.

He decided to go on his own and held a placard in protest against the decision.

It read: "To be gay and to love gays is normal. To beat gays and kill gays is criminal.’

On the same weekend, the Russian president Vladimir Putin signed the ‘non-traditional relationships’ propaganda bill into law.

But it was his parents that helped to arrest Isakov on the Sunday (30 June).

His father helped police to bring him to the ground as his mother snatched the poster from his hands.

The mother and father helped the authorities escort their son to the car where he was taken to the police station.

He was badly beaten during the attack.

But Isakov said his parents were not at fault, claiming they were under severe pressure from police and society to help in the arrest.

The young activist has also said he will appeal against the court’s decision, following the footsteps of other Russian LGBT activists Nikolai Alekseev and Jaroslav Yevtushenko who were also found guilty under gay propaganda laws.

On Gay Russia, Alekseev said: ‘Today’s decision by the Kazan court proves the authorities are going to start actively using the discriminatory law.

‘But we are determined to appeal against all sentences in all instances, including at the [European Court of Human Rights].’

Kazan will be hosting the international soccer tournament, the FIFA World Cup, in 2018.

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I;m repeating myself, but . . . Bad Government leads to failed economies and educational systems. Now, as in Germany before WW2, a scapegoat must be found on whom all of the national failures can be blamed and a toll extracted. It is sad that the "religious" have been blinded by their leaders and become the perpetrators of evil and do not even see it in themselves.

Good religion/faith systems are about introspection and self-improvement. Bad ones are externally focused on the behaviors of others.

Actually, Wayne, President Obama did meet with LGBTI Groups and leaders when he was in Russia last. Snub: None of the top US Officials will be going to Sochi, and several of those sent to represent the US are either gay or lesbian. Carter's boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics accomplished little politically at the expense of the athletes. I do, however, love Steve's line about Vaseline.

Hannah, Russia is already on record saying the European Court of Human Rights' rulings are not enforceable on them, therefore they carry no weight. Never forget that Russia is still an Eastern feudal state, 500 years behind Western thought.