Novaya gazeta journalist Elena Kostiuchenko fined for taking part in Moscow Gay Pride

posted 15 Jul 2013, 05:15 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 15 Jul 2013, 05:17 ]
12 July 2013 

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According to, Moscow’s Tver district court has found the famous LGBT activist and Novaya gazeta journalist Elena Kostiuchenko guilty of infringing the procedure for organising a public event during the Moscow Gay Pride held on 25 May, and fined her 20,000 roubles.

Federal judge Tatyana Neverova considered it proven that Elena Kostuchenko had organised a public event at the Yury Dolgoruky monument on Tverskaya Square which had not been approved by the city’s authorities.

The same judge had earlier handed down a guilty sentence to Elena Kostiuchenko’s partner, Anna Annenkova, who was also fined 20,000 roubles.

The pair had unfurled the LGBT movement’s rainbow flag, bearing the words ‘love is stronger’, on Tverskaya Square on 25 May. They were then arrested by the police.

Штраф в размере 20,000 рублей был также наложен Тверским районным судом Москвы на организатора Санкт-Петербургского гей-прайда Юрия Гаврикова, который 25 мая был задержан у памятника Юрию Долгорукому во время общения с журналистами.

Moscow’s Tver district court also imposed a fine of 20,000 roubles on the organiser of the St. Petersburg Gay Pride, Yury Gavrikov, who was arrested by the Yury Dolgoruky monument on 25 May while talking to journalists.

Last Wednesday, 10 July, the Tver district court postponed the hearing of the case against the organisers of the Moscow Gay Pride, Nikolai Alekseev and Kirill Nepomnyashchiy, for the third time.

On 25 May, several dozen LGBT activists attended the eighth Moscow Gay Pride outside the State Duma building and Moscow City Hall in protest at homophobia and the infringement of the rights of sexual minorities in Russia. They were almost all arrested by the police and accused of administrative offences.

In mid-May the city’s authorities had refused to approve any public Gay Pride events, announced by the organisers, which meant that the latter had to lodge complaints with the courts.

The fines imposed for taking in the events of 25 May are the largest in the history of Moscow’s Gay Pride movement.

Elena Kostiuchenko intends to appeal against the court’s ruling.