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Teen found guilty of Russia's anti-gay propaganda laws

Maxim Neverov reportedly posted pictures promoting 'homosexual relations' on his social media

2018-08-08

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.