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RUSSIA: Head Of Teen Support Group Charged With Violating Propaganda Ban

J. Lester Feder reports at Buzzfeed:
Russian authorities reportedly filed charges on Friday against the head of an online support group for LGBT teens, for violating the law prohibiting “the promotion of non-traditional sexual relationships to minors.” The case is being brought against Elena Klimova, who runs Children-404, which posts stories from Russian LGBT teens on the Russian social networking site VKontakte. This is the fifth case reported in which Russian authorities have invoked the propaganda law passed in June. It follows the conviction on Thursday of the editor of a Russian newspaper for its reporting on the firing of a gay teacher, for which he was fined the equivalent of about $1,400.
Klimova: "This is an extreme level of madness. We publish letters from underage gay men and lesbians and this is considered propaganda among minors."

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