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Two women have been fined R10,000 each after they filmed themselves kissing at a restaurant in Russia. The women were found guilty of promoting “non-traditional relationships”, according to a Russian court.

The video shows a mock wedding proposal at a restaurant in the city of Krasnodar. The two women, aged 19 and 24, can be seen kissing each other and then exchanging rings.

More than 10 years ago, Russia banned “LGBT propaganda” and has since then toughened its laws to outlaw any representation of “non-traditional” relationships in the media or in public.

After the women posted the video online, the police investigated and established their identities.

According to the court, it decided to “find them both guilty of committing an administrative offence and imposed a penalty in the form of an administrative fine of (R10,125) each.

The amount is just below the average person’s monthly wage in the area.

State news agency RIA later showed footage of the two women issuing apologies outside a police station. One of the women’s faces was blurred as she apologised on camera.

“I apologise to those who think that we are naturally pro-LGBT. We are against this topic. We all know what laws we have and we didn’t expect this to happen.”

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