Feminist and LGBT Rights Activist on Trial in Russia

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06/16/2022

A prosecutor has called for Russian activist Yulia Tsvetkova to serve three years and two months in prison during a closed trial over absurd “pornography” charges. The activist from Komsomolsk-on-Amur, in Russia’s Far East, promotes women’s rights, and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Russia. The charges against Yulia are connected to the public group she administered on social media to share body positive artwork depicting female anatomy. During the 31 months investigation and trial, authorities raided Tsvetkova’s flat, kept her under house arrest for four months, issued administrative fines, and considered opening another criminal case against her. Authorities detained and  fined numerous activists, including feminist activists, who picketed in solidarity with Tsvetkova. The verdict is expected in July.

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