Russian LGBTQ activist and artist Yulia Tsvetkova ends hunger strike
Yulia Tsvetkova, a LGBTQ activist and artist from Russia’s Far Eastern city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, has announced the end of her hunger strike, which began on May 1.
Tsvetkova, who is facing charges for the criminal distribution of pornography over drawings she posted on social media, went on hunger strike to pressure the authorities to speed up the consideration of her case.
In a Facebook post published on the activist’s behalf by her mother, Anna Khodyreva, Tsvetkova wrote that she was ending her hunger strike as of May 7, and “looking for a new strategy.”
The criminal investigation into Yulia Tsvetkova was opened in November 2019. It was launched over a VKontakte group called the “Vagina Monologues,” where she published body-positive drawings. The activist was kept under house arrest until March 2020, at which point she was released on a written undertaking not to leave. State investigators charged her with the criminal distribution of pornography in June 2020. If convicted, Tsvetkova faces up to six years in prison.