A shadowy group identifying itself as the “public ombudsman for children’s rights” turned up at a school in St. Petersburg last week in what it called a “raid” to demand the dismissal of a teacher supportive of LGBT rights, local media outlets reported.
The group said it showed the school director photos from Maksim Ivantsov’s wall on the Russian social network VKontakte as proof of the teacher’s “propaganda” of “LGBT values.”
Ivantsov has spoken out publicly against anti-LGBT discrimination. In December he became a target of Timur Isaev, an anti-LGBT campaigner who claimed to have gotten dozens of LGBT teachers fired before his arrest late last year on unrelated charges.
Ivantsov suggested the group behind the raid are supporters of Isaev. “I don’t know who they are, I’ll figure it out,” he told the Metro news site. “At work now everything is calm. To incoming requests the school leadership answers that they have no complaints about me, everything is in order and I will continue to work.”…story continues below…