Feminist Activist Goes on Trial for Alleged Pornography in Russia

Feminist activist Yulia Tsvetkova, 27 went on trial Monday in the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, in Russia’s Far East region.on charges of disseminating pornography after she shared artwork online depicting female bodies.

“Despite these ridiculous and unfounded charges, this case has somehow reached court. However, the absurdity has not ended on the courtroom doorstep, as now the judge ruled that the trial will be closed to the public and the press under the pretext that Yulia’s so-called ‘pornographic materials’ will be examined during the hearings,” said Natalia Zviagina, Amnesty International’s Moscow Office Director.

Tsvetkova reportedly violated (Article 242 (3b) of the Russian Criminal Code) for her body-positive drawings of vaginas that were published and shared in the Russian social network VKontakte (VK.)

Tsvetkova was detained last 20 November 2019 and remained under house arrest until 16 March 2020.

Tsvetkova’s lawyer, Irina Ruchko said that her client is innocent and that they will prove it in court.

If found guilty of the charge of “producing and disseminating pornography”, Tsvetkova could land up to six years in prison.

Tsvetkova was found already found guilty of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors” in 2019 and fined 50,000 rubles (US$ 780) for being the administrator of two LGBTI groups on VK while in July 2020, she was found guilty under the same article and fined 75,000 rubles (US$ 1,050) for a pro-LGBTI drawing.

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