Anastasia Panchenko, coordinator of Alexei Navalny's office in Krasnodar. Photo: Alexei Navalny's office in Krasnodar

31 March 2021, 11:31

Coordinator of Navalny's Krasnodar office fined for photos with kissing girls

A court has fined Anastasia Panchenko, the coordinator of Alexei Navalny's office in Krasnodar, by 50,000 rouble fine, having seen in the photos of kissing girls posted on the Instagram propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among teenagers.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Anastasia Panchenko posted on the Instagram photos from the action "Love is stronger than fear", held in February in Southern Russia in support of Alexei Navalny.

On March 30, a court in Krasnodar found Ms Panchenko guilty of promoting non-traditional sexual relations among minors and fined her by 50,000 roubles, Mikhail Benyash, an advocate, reported on his Telegram channel.

Let us remind you that Panchenko believes that there is no propaganda in her posted photos. In her explanatory note, which Mr Benyash published on February 22 on his Telegram channel, Anastasia stated that kissing one's lips is a Russian tradition of greeting, including kisses of same sex persons. "Kisses on the lips and other places are practiced as a greeting among modern politicians, whom we cannot suspect of promoting non-traditional sexual relations," Ms Panchenko wrote, noting Brezhnev and Putin as an example.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on March 31, 2021 at 04:20 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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