A Russian newspaper has been fined for violating the nation's law prohibiting “gay propaganda” to minors.

The Federal Mass Media Inspection Service (FMMIS), the Russian agency that oversees enforcement of the law, on Monday fined Alexander Suturin, editor-in-chief of the Molodi Dalnevostochnik newspaper, 50,000 rubles.

After the paper ran a story about a teacher in the city of Khabarovsk who was fired over his sexual orientation, Suturin received a notice from the FMMIS 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 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 author's logic, it would be possible to call normal and even effective the existence of rapists and serial killers.”

The paper faced fines of up to 1 million rubles and being forced to shut down for 90 days.