A Russian newpaper has been accused of violating the nation's law prohibiting “gay propaganda” to minors.

After the Molodoi Dalnevostochnik ran a story about a teacher in the cit of Khabarovsk who was fired over his sexual orientation, it received a notice claiming the story broke the law.

Alexander Yermoshki, an eighth-grade geography teacher and a gay rights activist, was let go after teaching in the same school for 18 years. Yermoshki was the target of a group called the Movement Against Sexual Perversions, which asked for his removal because he could influence children into thinking that “nontraditional relations are as normal as traditional ones.”

Molodoi Dalnevostochnik quoted Yermoshki saying, “My very existence is effective proof that homosexuality is normal.”

The regional office of the Federal Mass Media Inspection Service (FMMIS) charged that the statement “goes against logic. By offering it to underage readers, the author is misleading them about the normality of homosexuality.”

According to The Guardian, the paper could be fined and closed for 90 days.