Russia steps up censorship of LGBT discussion

Looks like it is even a crime to report on what it is like to be gay in Russia: Russian editor fined for breaking ‘gay propaganda’ law

A Russian court has fined a newspaper editor for publishing an interview with a gay school teacher who was quoted as saying “homosexuality is normal.”

Alexander Suturin, editor of the Molodoi Dalnevostochnik, a weekly published in the far eastern city of Khabarovsk near the border with China, was ordered to pay a fine of 50,000 rubles (£870) for violating a law that bans “gay propaganda” among minors.

Suturin, who is to appeal against the ruling, published an interview with a geography teacher, Alexander Yermoshkin, after he had been fired because of his sexual orientation (see details in the Moscow Times).

So the Russian government is now saying that accurate reporting is the same as propaganda.

Guess that is always the way the KGB types always looked at the media.

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