Sovetsky District Court of Bryansk found transgender woman Michelle guilty. She was sentenced to three years in prison for distributing pornography depicting minors in Japanese comics (manga). Lawyer of the Moscow community center of LGBT initiatives Maria Chashchilova told the correspondent of Novaya Gazeta about it on November 30.
According to the online-newspaper, Michelle had posted several drawings of manga depicting nude characters from Japanese cartoons on her page on vk.com. Examination of the Ministry of Internal Affairs found that there were «men under the age of 14 years» in this pictures. The drawings were on her page for a year until they were noticed. According to the Moscow community center, Michelle did not use it for a year.
— It remains a mystery how the examination was able to identify the age and gender of fictional anime characters. We all know that there are filters on any pictures containing pornography in social networks, and such pictures are blocked. Social networks do not consider the pictures drawn by Yulia [Yulia Tsvetkova — LGBT activist, creator of public page "Vagina Monologues" from Khabarovsk] and posted by Michelle to be pornographic, — the Moscow community center says on its page on Facebook.
Maria Chashchilova noted that Michelle had not undergone gender reassignment surgery and, most likely, had no medical report on the gender reassignment. Thus, in the colony, she will not be able to continue taking hormonal drugs.
«It's very dangerous. Michelle's got cancer in remission. Because of lack of hormones, her chronic diseases, first of all cancer, will be exacerbated and terrible things will happen to her,» the lawyer considers.
In addition, as there is no conclusion about the gender reassignment, Michelle might be sent to a male colony. As noted by bryansku.ru, Michelle used to be a doctor at one of the hospitals of Bryansk. The investigation began in late summer 2019. The accused was under travel restrictions. She agreed to cooperate with the investigation and pleaded guilty.
A criminal case on the distribution of pornography was initiated against LGBT activist, creator of community "Vagina Monologues" on vk.com Yulia Tsvetkova from Khabarovsk. The community publishes art images on the topic of female physiology. In November, the police opened another criminal case against Tsvetkova — for promoting non-traditional sexual relations. Employees of the Moscow community center believe that these criminal cases, as well as the case of Michelle, are fabricated.