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Russian school girl disciplined under country’s anti-gay propaganda ban

Monday, February 3, 2014
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BRYANSK, Russia — A school girl in Russia has been accused of breaking the country’s anti-gay propaganda law and is believed to be the first minor formally disciplined for promoting “non-traditional sexual relations” among her peers.

An investigation by the Russian Juvenile Commission in the city of Bryansk was launched at the request of school officials after the 9th grade student allegedly admitted to classmates that she is gay.

According to the commission’s documents, investigators “found that the student systematically promotes non-traditional sexual relations among minors by openly admitting her sexual orientation and distributing information aimed at forming a distorted picture of juvenile social equivalence of traditional and non-traditional sexual relations.”

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While the “anti-gay” propaganda law could not be applied against the minor, the commission’s findings build 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 therefore declined to initiate further legal proceedings against her.

But the commission did determine that her actions constituted a juvenile offense worthy of an official “warning” and placed her on the commission’s watch list. The warning could be used against her in future proceedings, and the authorities have yet to communicate to the girl what she must do to satisfy probation-like terms of the punishment.

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