Russian gay activist Nikolay Alekseev reported on Twitter on August 27th that his apartment was being raided by Russian police. The tweet came Tuesday morning, “To all media! From 7am police breaks the door of Moscow Pride organizer Nikolay Alekseev! Urgent alert!”
The raid, ordered by state prosecutors, was the result of a criminal probe requested by Yelena Mizulina. Mizulina is the head of the State Duma Committee for Women, Families, and Children, and one of the key sponsors of the law banning homosexual “propaganda.” Mizulina’s complaint alleges that Alekseev has repeatedly insulted her and her deputy, Olga Batalina, via internet and has used obscenities. The charge is “insulting a state authority official” and carries a fine of up to 40,000 rubles ($1,000US).
The new Russian law effectively bans reference to homosexuality, labeling such references as “propaganda.” The new law reads as follows:
“Promoting non-traditional sexual relations to minors by spreading information aimed at instilling in minors non-traditional sexual arrangements, the attractiveness of non-traditional sexual relations and/or a distorted view that society places an equal value on traditional and non-traditional sexual relations or propagating information on non-traditional sexual relations making them appear interesting, provided that these activities do not involve criminal acts which are punishable under the law, will be punishable by the imposition of a fine…”