Yulia Tsvetkova, a Russian LGBTI and women’s human rights activist and artist, faces three and a half years in jail for posting her body-positive drawings of women’s bodies online.
The trial against Yulia is coming to an end, with the final hearing expected on 12 July and sentencing taking place soon after.
The prosecution requested the three and a half year jail term, under the absurd charges of “production and dissemination of pornography” for her drawings of women’s bodies as part of her activism promoting women’s rights.
Yulia has been the target of an overtly homophobic campaign since March 2019. She has repeatedly faced administrative proceedings and fines under Russia’s discriminatory “gay propaganda” legislation.
She has faced harassment by police, including repeated house and workplace searches. She has also faced homophobic threats, abuse and harassment, over the phone, via social networks, and by mail, as has her mother.
Yulia has committed no recognisable criminal offence, and the false charges against her violate her right to freedom of expression.
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