Russian LGBT activist on trial for “pornography” launches hunger strike
A Russian LGBT activist and artist has declared a hunger strike to protest her closed-door trial for pornography.
Yulia Tsvetkova’s trial began on April 12 after an investigation lasting almost a year and a half, during which she was fined for disseminating LGBT “propaganda” and placed under house arrest in the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amour, in the Russian Far East. .
Tsvetkova, 27, is accused of producing and distributing pornography for administering a social media page called The Vagina Monologues showing abstract art of female genitalia.
The artist, an activist who draws women’s bodies, is known for her advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.
Her trial, which has been repeatedly extended, is apparently being held behind closed doors because prosecutors have to show evidence in the form of images of artistic vaginas and drawings of female bodies.
In a Facebook Publish Declaring a hunger strike, Tsvetkova wrote that the state’s “cowardly” handling of her case and the ruin of her life amounted to “torture”.
She said the hunger strike will continue until the state can “be a man” and allow him to defend himself in a public trial.
According to Amnesty International, the case against Tsvetkova amounts to political repression and “Kafkaesque nonsense”.
“A woman was charged with ‘producing pornography’ simply for drawing and posting images of the female body and for freely expressing her views through art,” said Natalia Zviagina, director of Amnesty International’s office at Moscow, ahead of his trial last month.
“During this ordeal, Yulia spent time under house arrest and was twice sentenced to exorbitant fines under the so-called ‘gay propaganda’ law.