Russian teen charged with ‘gay propaganda’ had his conviction overturned

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Members and supporters of the LGBT (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender) community take part in a May Day rally in Saint Petersburg on May 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLGA MALTSEVA (Photo credit should read OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images)

Maxim Neverov, a schoolboy from Biysk, filed an appeal with his lawyer, Artem Lapov, after the Commission on Minors and the Protection of Minors’ Rights decided he should pay for posting the pictures of men on his social media pages. He was convicted under Russia’s controversial “gay propaganda” law, which was introduced in 2013 which forbids ‘promoting non-traditional sexual orientation’to minors. The Russian LGBT Network has suggested that Neverov could have been targeted because he took part in a highly public protest called “Gays or Putin” in May. Neverov had previously submitted 12 applications for permission for the performance, but failed to gain a permission. According to the network, in the teenager’s case materials there was a document which reported that there was a public outcry over the pride parade. Lapov, the boy’s lawyer, called such a decision a triumph of justice.

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