A teenager has been found guilty of Russia’s gay propaganda laws.
Maxim Neverov, 16, was found guilty of “propaganda of homosexuality among minors” after publishing a number of photographs on the social media site Vkontakte, Russian LGBT Network reported.
The teenager was fined 50,000 rubles – equivalent of around £600 – after he reportedly posted “some pictures of young men whose appearance [partly nude body parts] had the characteristics of propaganda of homosexual relations to this expert opinion”.
When police filed the report, the LGBT Network reported that the teenager – who is the first minor to be found guilty of this law – wasn’t allowed to consult a lawyer meaning he refused to testify.
The LGBT Network provided a lawyer for Neverov, who attempted to organise a Pride Parade to support the LGBT+ community in his town of Biysk.