In Russia Putin constantly continues to suffocate women’s rights and LGBTQ+ rights.
Yulia Tsvetkova — a feminist, artist and LGBTQ+ activist from eastern Russia —now faces up to six years in prison on charges of “spreading pornography”.
Why? Because she shared some of her sketchy artwork with body-positive messages with drawings of women’s naked body parts on social media with feminist messages such as:
“Women in real life have wrinkles and grey hair — and it’s normal”
“Women in real life don’t have perfect skin
— and it’s normal”
Women in real life have body fat
— and it’s normal”
“Women in real life menstruate
— and it’s normal”
In December Yulia Tsvetkova was fined and put in house arrest for violating the Russian so called “Gay Propaganda Law” which Putin made federal law seven years ago “for the Purpose of Protecting Children from Information Advocating for a Denial of Traditional Family Values”.
As part of her activism, Tsvetkova hosted lectures for the LGBTQ+ community and held classes on sex education, which are prohibited at Russian schools.
She has also posted a drawing of same-sex couples with the message:
“A family is where love is.
Support LGBT+ families”.
Now Tsvetkova receives death threats, and faces up to six years in jail if found guilty of “spreading pornography”, for posting her feminist drawings on social media.
More than 99% of people who face court in Russia are found guilty. Yulia has a 1% chance to be acquitted.
FEMEN demand the urgent drop of all the charges against Yulia Tsvekova.
Love is not a crime!
Sharing female body-positive drawings is not a crime! Feminism is not a crime!
The war on women and LGBTQ+ people must end!

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