The judge told him: "You have spent two months in custody, you are now well aware of what that entails and I have no doubt it has been an unpleasant experience for you."The public are likely to be better protected in the long term by you receiving treatment." Jamie Adams, defending, said Golden is a "solitary" man who has not been in a relationship for years and added: "He was on an adult chatline in the first place and there he stayed. "He does not habitually do this kind of thing." The court heard Golden is embarrassed and ashamed by his actions and worried about the impact his offending will have on his employment and family.This definition includes materials that "raises interest in" such relationships; cause minors to "form non-traditional sexual predispositions"; or "[present] distorted ideas about the equal social value of traditional and non-traditional sexual relationships." Businesses and organizations can also be forced to temporarily cease operations if convicted under the law, and foreigners may be arrested and detained for up to 15 days then deported, or fined up to 5,000 rubles and deported.
Despite the fact that the cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg have been well known for their thriving LGBT communities, there has been growing opposition towards gay rights among politicians since 2006.The law was condemned by the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe (of which Russia is a member), by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child and by human rights groups, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.The statute was criticized for its broad and ambiguous wording (including the aforementioned "raises interest in" and "among minors"), which many critics characterized as being an effective ban on publicly promoting the rights and culture of the LGBT community.Judge Robert Spragg sentenced Golden, who has spent two months behind bars on remand and appeared at the hearing via video link to HMP Durham, to a community order for three years, with programme requirements.Golden must abide by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for ten years and sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years.