Teenager from Biysk found not guilty of violating the law banning propaganda of “non-traditional sexual relations”

Today the Biysk city court of Altai Krai has redressed the appeal, that Maxim Neverov – a schoolboy from Biysk, and his attorney, Artem Lapov, filed against the decision issued by the Commission on Minors and the Protection of Minors’ Rights, under which Maxim was found guilty and fined 50,000 rubles for spreading “propaganda”. Russian LGBT Network represented Maxim in the court.

Maxim Neverov was accused of propagating non-traditional sexual relations for publishing pictures of partially nude young men on the social network VKontakte. The court expert commissioned by the Regional Сenter for assessment and expertise in Barnaul, Marina Shlikova, examined Maxim’s account and stated that these pictures posted by the teenager “portray propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations”.

According to Maxim Neverov, he was targeted by the authorities for organizing the demonstration «Gays or Putin». This campaign included 12 notifications filed to the City Administration to hold public actions on different topics. Among the declared demonstrations was one for acknowledging Putin saint, action supporting all gays named Vitaliy, demanding Medvedev’s Administration resignation and supporting Sobchak presidential campaign. The City administrators rejected all of the requested demonstrations, so Maxim filed a suit to a court. At the end of September, Altai regional court found the refusal of sanctioning “Gays or Putin” demonstrations made by City Administration illegal.

Artem Lapov, the attorney, says: “I’m glad that justice triumphed. The court scrupulously studied the evidence. All related materials were considered in details and the witnesses were interviewed. The investigators requested data from the social network VKontakte. The court followed the assumption of innocence principle and decided that the offence was not proved. Based on that, our complaints were satisfied and the decision of the Commission on Minors and the Protection of Minors’ Rights was abolished".