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Help site for Russian teens faces 'gay propaganda' ban

Published on Feb 5, 2014 10:17 PM

MOSCOW (AFP) - The founder of a Russian website set up to support gay, lesbian and transgender teenagers said on Wednesday she had been charged under a controversial law banning gay "propaganda" aimed at minors.

Ms Yelena Klimova told AFP she could be forced to close her social networking site, Children 404, and faces a large fine if found guilty.

Thousands of Russian teenagers use the site to post heart-rending accounts about realising they are gay and their experiences of coming out to family, friends and teachers.

"They have drawn up charges against me. They said the court hearing will be in a couple of weeks or a month," Ms Klimova told AFP on Wednesday.

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