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Russia's Gay-Friendly Schoolteachers In The Crosshairs

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Russia's escalating campaign against homosexuals has reached high schools, with at least four teachers harassed this year over their ties to the gay community.

Two of them have already been fired, a trend activists blame on the introduction of a controversial law banning the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" among minors.

Yekaterina Bogach, an award-winning Spanish-language instructor in St. Petersburg, is the latest to be caught in the crosshairs of antigay vigilantes. This week, the city's education department placed her under investigation after a group of local residents filed a complaint claiming that her participation in gay-rights rallies made her unfit to teach children.

Bogach, 37, is an activist with the Alliance of Heterosexuals for LGBT Equality, a group founded last year in St. Petersburg to combat what it describes as a growing witch hunt against Russia's embattled lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

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Russia's Gay-Friendly Schoolteachers In The Crosshairs

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