Russia bans Warwick university rowers’ naked calendar for being ‘gay propaganda’


Caroline Mortimer writes at the Independent:

Russian authorities have blocked a popular charity calendar after pictures of naked student rowers potentially fell foul of laws banning “gay propaganda”.

The Warwick Rowers calendar, which raises money for an LGBT charity that tackles homophobia in sport, has effectively been banned by customs officials who rejected attempts by the campaign to ship calendars bought online to their Russian customers.

The project, which was originally started as a way to raise money for the university’s rowing society in 2009, has grown and now reportedly raises a six figure sum every year for Sport Allies, which promotes diversity in sport.

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