Court in Russia finally acquits LGBT activist Tsvetkova – DW – 11-22-2022

The Khabarovsk Regional Court rejected the prosecutor’s complaint and upheld the acquittal of artist and LGBT activist Yulia Tsvetkova in a criminal case for distribution of pornography. This was announced on Tuesday, November 22 by the mother of the artist Anna Khodyreva in the Telegram channel “I/We are Yulia Tsvetkova”.

In June, during the debate, the prosecution demanded that Tsvetkova be appointed for three years and two months. colonies of the general regime. However, the Central Court of Komsomolsk-on-Amur acquitted the artist on the basis of rehabilitative circumstances. The public prosecutor then appealed against the acquittal.

The case of distribution of pornography

In 2019, a criminal case was filed against Tsvetkova over the publication of vulva drawings on the public page Vagina Monologues on the social network VKontakte, which she managed. Tsvetkova pleaded not guilty to distributing pornography and said she tried to break the taboo of female physiology.

In November 2019, the court fined Tsvetkova 75,000 rubles under an administrative article about propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations. After reviewing the case, the court reduced the fine to 50,000 rubles. On June 14 of this year, the Ministry of Justice entered Tsvetkova in the register “foreign agents”.

Response from Amnesty International

Human rights organization Amnesty International (AI) called Tsvetkova’s acquittal “a rare example of justice in modern Russia”. “The repressive system built up by Vladimir Putin’s government over the past two decades is based, among other things, on absurd lawsuits based on trumped-up charges – and rarely does anyone manage to escape its clutches,” Amnesty said in a statement.

“Over the past three years, Yulia Tsvetkova has faced house arrest, movement restrictions, fines and other harassment simply for exercising her right to freedom of expression. Her inclusion on the notorious list of “foreign agents” also prevented her from working At least now she can breathe easier because she no longer faces prison for promoting women’s rights and LGBTIpeople,” the document says.

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By Peter Kavinsky

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