Wissam Tawfiq Abyad, a Prisoner of Conscience, was released on January 15, 2004. Wissam was arrested, detained and charged with "habitual debauchery" after he went to meet a contact he made at a gay website. Wissam's private conversations with the man over the Internet were used as evidence against him.
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Russian Federation: 'Gay Propaganda' Case Sent Back for Retrial (UA 25/15)
On 25 March a Russian district court returned back for further consideration a lower court’s decision that had found Elena Klimova guilty of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors”. In a separate proceeding due on 6 April another court in St Petersburg is to decide whether her group Children 404 is to be closed down.