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Russia fines Pussy Riot activists for hanging pride flags on Putin’s birthday

Two activists with the Russian punk group Pussy Riot have been fined for disturbing the peace. Their offense: hanging LGBT+ pride flags to "celebrate" President Vladimir Putin's birthday in early October.

By: Deutsche Welle | Updated: November 24, 2020 2:31:19 pm
Russia fines Pussy Riot activists for hanging pride flags on Putin's birthdayMoscow courts on Monday handed down fines to Maria Alyokhina and Veronika Nikulshina from the feminist protest group and performance art group Pussy Riot for hanging pride flags on Russian government buildings on October 7. (Pussy Riot Facebook/AP/picture-alliance)

Moscow courts on Monday handed down fines to Maria Alyokhina and Veronika Nikulshina from the feminist protest group and performance art group Pussy Riot for hanging pride flags on Russian government buildings on October 7 — the 68th birthday of President Vladimir Putin.

The Interfax news agency reported that Alyokhina was fined 15,000 rubles (about €166; $196) while Nikulshina was handed a 10,000 ruble fine.

Their action, during which the rainbow flags were hung at buildings such as that of the Presidential Administration and the Culture Ministry in Moscow, aimed to draw attention to discrimination against the LGBT+ community in Russia.

On its Facebook page, the group last month described the protest action as a “birthday gift” to Putin.

Much-criticized ‘propaganda’ law

While homosexuality itself is not illegal in Russia, the country does have a controversial law banning “homosexual propaganda” that critics see as condoning homophobic behavior and undermining much-needed support for LGBT+ youth.

The influential Russian Orthodox Church also plays a role in stigmatizing the LGBT+ community and fomenting hostility toward it.

Pussy Riot has often been in the news for its radical protest actions, which often target Putin’s policies. The group rose to worldwide fame after a protest in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior in February 2012. Three members of the group, including Alyokhina, were given jail sentences.

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