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Russian Gay-Rights Group Fined For Refusal To Follow Controversial Law

A gay-rights organization in St. Petersburg has been fined for refusing to register as "a foreign agent.''

A court fined the Vykhod (Coming Out) organization 500,000 rubles ($15,600) for not obeying the recently adopted law requiring nongovernmental organizations that receive foreign funding and engage in political activity to register as foreign agents.

Vykhod's lawyer, Dmitry Bartenev, says he will appeal the court decision, saying the organization is not involved in political activities.

On June 18, a court in Moscow fined the chairwoman of Moscow-based Civic Collaboration Committee, Svetlana Gannushkina, for failing to turn over papers related to the financial activities of her organization because investigators want to determine if her organization should be considered a foreign agent.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS