Russian artist Yulia Tsvetkova faces pornography charges
In Russia, outspoken artists who oppose the establishment are often punished for their efforts. Pussy Riot, the dissident punk rockers who recently made the headlines of making their own NFTs, were arrested in 2012 for performing a song criticizing President Vladimir Putin in a Orthodox Christian Church. This week on Monday, a Russian feminist artist was tried for accusations of spreading pornography, due to the fact that she allegedly posted stylized drawings of vaginas on the social media site VKontakte. Yulia Tsvetkova, the artist in question, faces up to six years in prison for her alleged violation of the Kremlin’s commitment to “traditional family values”.
Tsvetkova is also a strong supporter of women’s rights and LGBTQ rights, previously ran a children’s theater, and is the founder of an online group called Vagina Monologues, where users are encouraged to share taboo stories that might otherwise have been. deleted. Tsvetkova’s mother Anna Khodyreva also vehemently refuted the idea that her daughter could have distributed pornography. “Yulia has always been against pornography,” Khodyreva said in an interview with the Associated press. “Feminists are against pornography because it is the exploitation of women’s bodies.
The day for Tsvetkova’s trial came long after her initial detention. The artist was first detained and placed under house arrest for four months in 2019. Subsequently, she was also fined by the Russian court for “spread gay “propaganda”Among minors, host an LGBT-themed group online and show support for LGBTQ families in the form of a cartoon.
This kind of outrageous response to an artist drawing genitals should serve as an urgent warning to those in other countries who are skeptical of the seriousness of this type of crackdown. Khodyreva also added that she and Tsvetkova received death threats because of their work, and the Tsvetkova Children’s Theater had to be closed due to the severity of their problems.