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Russia reverses decision to punish school girl for ‘gay propaganda’

Thursday, February 6, 2014

BRYANSK, Russia — A Russian Juvenile Commission in the city of Bryansk has reversed its decision to discipline a 14-year-old schoolgirl accused of engaging in “propaganda” of non-traditional sexual relations.

Russia-flagThe 9th grade student had been accused of publicly admitting her homosexual identity in front of her school mates. According to a source, the decision was reversed due to negative publicity in the international press.

The commission had determined last month that the girl’s actions constituted a juvenile offense worthy of an official “warning” and placed her on the commission’s watch list.

While the “anti-gay” propaganda law could not be applied against the minor, the commission’s findings built upon the logic of the federal law banning the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations.

The commission did not find the girl guilty of violating any law, and although it declined to initiate legal proceedings against her, authorities said she would have to satisfy probation-like terms of the punishment.

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  1. I guess this is good news…

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 5:23pm
  2. Isn’t that against their own law then? They either have to punish her or get rid of the law. They are all over the place.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 5:24pm
  3. It’s a start…

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 5:25pm
  4. Pussies…do what your law says to do or get rid of it.
    Brave little though, hope she becomes a leader there.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 5:26pm
  5. Hypocrites..they’re just worried cuz the world’s eyes are on them. Shame on their religious lay and clergy leaders for causing all this pain and suffering.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 5:28pm
  6. Not only religious people -- there are many controlling non-religious bigots too.

    Replied on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 5:33pm
  7. Imagine what happens when the olympics are over. Remember the oylmpic games of 1936 in Germany. After everyone was gone the mass killing began.. I'm seriously worried about the russian LGBTQ people

    Replied on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 5:49pm
  8. This is the sort of thing where other more LGBT-friendly countries need to open their arms to people who need to get out of Russia. Sanctuary in a place you don't have to worry your government officials will take your life for sleeping with someone they don't approve of.

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 1:44am
  9. Hypocrites!!!!!Its just because the games begins today!!!!:(

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 5:30pm
  10. She is still going to have to do probation for just stating that she is gay. They’re still descriminating against her because of her sexual orientation!” All this is, is another publicity stunt to show how “caring, understanding, & lenient” their government is while the Olympics are going on! Anyone with a brain can see that!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 5:32pm
  11. Russia is a freakazoid nation!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 5:47pm
  12. This is nothing more than a public show to keep the world off their back. Russian leaders know they’ll be crucified if they were to publicly harm a child for coming out.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 5:47pm
  13. Im worried for them too.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6:03pm
  14. @Philipp…indeed! This is why when people tell me it will “harm” the atheletes…my comment is…if you think that’s bad wait till what happens to the LGBT community after the olympics….it will be Uganda on th Europeaj shores…it will be Nazi germany genocidibg its own

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6:04pm
  15. Keep standing up kids! Let us see how they handle the children who are LGBT.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6:06pm
  16. The Olympic Games and Sochi have begun and I hope that all the finalists entering the olympics biased of what country or land they’re from do well, succeed, and leave their country proud. You may win, or you may lose, either way, you have done us proud, and for that we thank-you!

    With that said, we must remember that right now in Russia, with the troubling Ant-L.G.B.T.Q.I.A. laws in effect, that times are troubling for those who live in Russia, and or are traveling to Russia who are of those orientations. Even if you are straight, and you show support you will be punished in Russia for it. Whether you live their or not, foreign nationals who show or exemplify some behavior that may seem “homosexual” or within the acts may be detained up to 14 days in Russia alone. And while I do believe that Olympic Starts won’t be (who are, or support) this law still applies to them, and have already been asked to tone down. Yes, I know that Russia is not as bad some countries, and that even back here in the U.S. we have our issues.

    But, I ask only one thing of you, and that’s for hope. Hope for a better tomorrow, hope for people who are L.G.B.T.Q.I.A. to be understood better, hope for those supporters to keep on supporting them and the olympics, hope for the gamers who playing to be freely and expressively allowed to play as they please, and lastly, hope for Sochi. #Hope4Sochi

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6:10pm
  17. Not QUITE a happy ending…

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6:18pm
  18. Some sense, at last!! Xx

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6:54pm
  19. Down with Homophobia!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:05pm
  20. don’t trust the government of russia

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:12pm
  21. :(

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:37pm
  22. Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:54pm
  23. So she gets what amounts to probation, for coming out. Pathetic Russia. And watch them step up the genocide when the games are over.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:04pm
  24. God no that is not right.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:43pm
  25. IF I COULD SPEAK RUSSIAN ID TELL EVERYONE WHO IS GAY: “Life Gets Better Together! LGBT.” Cause together united none shall follow alone.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:05pm
  26. all this proves is they are hurting those they are “helping” BS all around..

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:23pm
  27. Trying to save face for the Olympics.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:45pm
  28. Humankind always needs someone to persecute.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:55pm
  29. Boycott Russia and the Olympics!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:58pm
  30. Hailey Childress Brook Carrell

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:35pm
  31. Do they mean “until after the Olympics are over”?

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:36pm
  32. They are just putting her name on a list.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:40pm
  33. This school girl can’t even be herself. RJC not keeping her safe!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:51pm
  34. SICK.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11:20pm
  35. BRAVEyou can be amazing
    You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
    You can be the outcast
    Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
    Or you can start speaking up

    Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
    When they settle ‘neath your skin
    Kept on the inside and no sunlight
    Sometimes a shadow wins
    But I wonder what would happen if you

    Say what you wanna say
    And let the words fall out
    Honestly I wanna see you be brave
    With what you want to say
    And let the words fall out
    Honestly I wanna see you be brave

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11:40pm
  36. Russia doesn’t deserve to have the Olympics in their country, bigots don’t deserve anything.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 12:36am
  37. Only until the spotlight goes out…

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 1:38am
  38. That country is run by some awful, incredibly stupid and hateful assholes.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 1:42am
  39. Boy, they are back pedaling their big fat butts on that one. Won’t help their image at all.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:20am
  40. First we win the battle… then we claim victorious from the war!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:09am
  41. They need to punish there dam self let the kid be

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 8:31am
  42. Then they come for your children…

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 9:33am