Russian activist and artist Yulia Tsvetkova is facing absurd charges under Russia’s ‘gay propaganda laws.’ She faces six years in prison—simply because she posted art on social media.
Russian authorities arrested and charged Yulia with ‘production and dissemination of pornographic materials’ after she posted body-positive pictures of women on social media.
They later charged her with the same offence because she posted a drawing showing support for LGBTI families.
Police raided Yulia’s house in November, calling her a ‘lesbian, sex trainer and propagandist leader.’
This is not the first time Yulia has been targeted. She’s also been fined 50,000 rubles for being the administrator of an LGBTI Facebook page.Background
Yulia has been the target of an overtly homophobic campaign since March 2019. In reaction to her public campaigning for women’s and LGBTI rights, she has faced harassment, arrest, and unfounded prosecution from authorities.