The social network VKontakte, at the request of Roskomnadzor, blocked the Alliance of Heterosexuals and LGBT People for Equality. This was reported by the VKontakte press service.
The blocking was based on the decision of the Metallurgical District Court of the city of Chelyabinsk. The notice states that “this index of the website page on the Internet contains information, the dissemination of which in the Russian Federation is prohibited by a court decision.”
The Metallurgical District Court of Chelyabinsk recognized the information in the community “Alliance of Heterosexuals and LGBT People for Equality” banned from distribution on the territory of the Russian Federation on December 11, 2019.
Thus, the court granted the prosecutor’s petition, who argued that the community “clearly promotes non-traditional sexual relations, namely homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual relationships, transgender people,” and also creates “a positive image of public order violators and a negative one – of law enforcement officers”.
The Alliance of Heterosexuals and LGBT People for Equality calls itself a social movement that unites heterosexuals who support the struggle for LGBT equality and LGBT people themselves. More than 30 thousand users have subscribed to the public movement on VKontakte.
Social media regulation in Russia is tightening. On February 1, a law came into force, according to which social networks must independently identify and block prohibited content, and huge fines are provided for refusing to delete such information. Earlier, VKontakte received a fine of 1.5 million rubles for failure to remove calls to participate in rallies. Repeated violation may result in a fine of one tenth of the annual proceeds.
In Russia, since 2013, a law has been in force that prohibits the “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” among minors. This law is used to prosecute LGBT people and fight projects on this topic.