by Rex Wockner
International News Briefs
Moscow Pride members Nikolai Baev and Irina Fet were found guilty April 6 of violating a local law in the Ryazan region that bans exposing minors to homosexual propaganda.
Baev and Fet were part of a small group of activists who deliberately violated the law March 30 by carrying pro-gay signs near a school and library in downtown Ryazan, which is 200 km (120 miles) southeast of Moscow.
They were fined 1,500 rubles ($45) each.
Moscow Pride head Nikolai Alekseev said the picket was “a necessary step” to set the stage for challenging the law before the Constitutional Court.