Thursday, February 6, 2014

Russian Juvenile Commission reverse its decision- cites negative publicity

Special to LGBTQ Nation | By Elena Klimova | BRYANSK, Russia -- A Russian Juvenile Commission in the city of Bryansk has reversed its decision to discipline a 14-year-old schoolgirl accused of engaging in "propaganda" of nontraditional sexual relations among minors by publicly admitting her homosexual identity in front of her school mates. According to a source, the decision was reversed, apparently due to negative publicity earlier this week.
The original decision was reached by the juvenile commission on January 16th. The 9th grade student, whose identity is being withheld to protect her privacy, was subject to an investigation opened on November 13, 2013, at the request of school officials. 
An investigation by the Russian Juvenile Commission in the city of Bryansk was launched at the request of school officials after the 9th grade student allegedly admitted to classmates that she is gay.
While the “anti-gay” propaganda law could not be applied against the minor, the commission’s findings build upon the logic of the federal law banning the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations.
The commission did not find the girl guilty of violating any law, and therefore declined to initiate further legal proceedings against her. But the commission did determine that her actions constituted a juvenile offense worthy of an official “warning” and placed her on the commission’s watch list.