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Russia region to repeal ‘gay propaganda’ law

While the federal law will still stand in Arkhangelsk, repealing the law could aid a court battle at the European Court of Human Rights

Russia region to repeal ‘gay propaganda’ law

A Russian region is planning to repeal a law banning ‘gay propaganda’.

Lawmakers in Arkhangelsk, north Russia, have decided there is no longer a need for a local law now there is a federal ban.

The region, known as ‘Archangel’, was the second after Ryazan to implement a local anti-gay law in 2011.

It was before seven others including Saint Petersburg followed in 2012.

In the two years since, Arkhangelsk has only found three activists guilty of disobeying the law.

In January 2012, Alekey Kiselev, Kirill Nepomnyashchii and Nikolai Alekseev were detained by police for holding pickets outside a local children’s library.

Kiselev, pictured, carried a placard which literally translates into English as: ‘Russia takes first place in the world of teenage suicides. Among them, a huge proportion – homosexuals.

‘They are going to take this step because of the lack of information about its nature.

‘Deputies – infanticides. Homosexuality – it’s good!’

When the courts found the three guilty of gay propaganda and fined them under local law, they complained to the European Court of Human Rights.

The case is still on-going.


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