Police in Krasnodar have opened a misdemeanor case against Alexey Navalny’s local campaign coordinator, charging Anastasia Panchenko with illegal “gay propaganda” for sharing two photos on Instagram showing same-sex couples kissing during protests on February 14. According to her lawyer, Mikhail Benyash, Panchenko faces a fine as high as 100,000 rubles ($1,340), if convicted. Officials say the images violate Russia’s ban on “promoting non-traditional sexual relations among minors” because Panchenko’s Instagram page is accessible to minors.
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Kyly Clarke has moved on from former flame Michael, making her public debut with new boyfriend James Courtney at the Bathurst 1000 on Sunday.
The Supercars star finished 10th at Mount Panorama on the biggest day of Australia’s motorsport calendar and was supported at the circuit by Clarke, nee Boldy, who split up with former Australian cricket captain Michael after seven years of marriage.
Clarke and Courtney were reportedly spotted “kissing passionately” trackside on Thursday and Sunday’s outing confirmed they are officially an item — nearly two decades after first dating.
Courtney used to race at the same go-karting club as Clarke’s brother Troy when they were kids and the pair have known each other since she was 11.
Clarke is a longtime motorsports fan and was a V8 grid girl in her younger days, crowned Miss Indy in 1999.
Courtney’s 16-year marriage with ex-wife Carys broke down in messy fashion in 2017 and he was forced to fight for custody of his two children.
Having both been involved in high-profile relationships that didn’t work out, Clarke and Courtney now look smitten with each other as they rekindle their romance.
A friend of the couple told The Daily Telegraph last week: “It is early days but they are very happy.
“Kyly loves motorsports, it is something she has been passionate about since childhood.
“They just clicked when they reconnected and everything is going well. It is like a fairytale because they were together all those years ago so it has come full circle.”
“I think I’m extremely lucky to have been able to go through a separation with the mother of my child and us still be great friends,” Michael said.
“I actually think Kyly and my friendship now is as strong as it’s ever been. We still talk daily and I think you’ve heard Kyly say as well both of us will always prioritise our daughter and a big part of that is a friendship between mum and dad.”
Coming together, making sacrifices to protect each other in the middle of a pandemic.
Well, it’s images like this that make it difficult for one to hold firm on the fact they we got this.
Because in Memphis, Tennessee, they don’t got this.
A video of fans sticking with the tradition of kiss cam during Memphis’ win over Arkansas State in their season-opening college football game has left people on social media shaking their heads.
Mid-way through the game, where fans were correctly spaced out in the grandstands inside Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, the live stadium entertainment threw up the kiss cam onto the big screens inside the venue.
What followed was just as awkward as it was a clear controvention of public health advice.
Even with all parties correctly wearing masks the social distancing involved in the Memphis circus is painful to watch.
The stadium entertainment involved fans embracing and kissing each other with their masks still on when the cameras hovered on their positions in the stands.