Russian LGBT activist faces porn trial for vagina drawings

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03/12/2020

Yulia Tsvetkova posted delicate drawings and embroidered images of vulvas on a social media page called “Vagina Monologues” that she hoped would help lift the taboo on women’s bodies. Instead, the Russian artist and campaigner for women’s and LGBT rights has been put under house arrest for the posts. Since she was detained in November, the 26-year-old has been waiting to stand trial for distributing pornography online, a charge which carries a jail term of between two and six years. In Russia, distributing pornography is illegal and the law is regularly enforced. She has a hearing on extending her house arrest on Monday. Her case has prompted international attention with Amnesty International last month declaring her a prisoner of conscience facing “absurd charges.”

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