A protocol was drawn up on the St. Petersburg activist because of the rainbow flag in the post

A protocol was drawn up on the St. Petersburg activist because of the rainbow flag in the post


In St. Petersburg, activist Anush Panina was charged with an article about the demonstration of the symbols of an extremist organization because of the rainbow flag in one of her Facebook posts. Panina told about this on her page in the social network, the editorial office of Sever.Realii drew attention to the publication.

In the post, Panina criticized the appeal of the Russian Ministry of Justice to the Supreme Court with a request to recognize the non-existent “international LGBT movement” as extremist. The court executed this decision on November 30.

According to the alleged administrative article, the activist faces arrest for up to 15 days and confiscation of the device from which the post was written.

36-year-old Panina attends almost every court session in St. Petersburg of people who are being tried on political charges. Anush maintains his YouTube channel and a diary on the VKontakte page, where he publishes posts describing these sessions and videos from the courts.

In an interview with Sever.Realia, the activist said that she became an audience in court for the first time in 2021 at a hearing against the former deputy of the St. Petersburg State Assembly Maksym Reznyk, who was tried on the charge of drug possession.

In the courts, Panina was repeatedly detained, including with the use of violence against her, and brought to administrative responsibility under the articles of non-fulfilment of bailiffs’ requirements.

In April 2022, Panina was detained because of the action against the military invasion of Ukraine. The court fined her 40,000 and arrested her for 10 days. In September of the same year, the activist was detained at a rally against the mobilization of Russians for the war. Then the court arrested the activist for 25 days.


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