According to media reports, Ural State University of Economics monitors its students' online activity and a mere fact of communication with members of the LGBT community is enough to cause problems. One student is already at risk of expulsion for following a pro-LGBT public page on social media.
"Vice-rector Roman Krasnov called him into his office and demanded that he drop out from the university with the wording, "We have tracked your social media accounts, here are the printouts - you are gay
", student's classmates told a regional news platform
. The student himself confirms the story. According to him, the vice-rector said that he "defames the name of the university" and that having a girlfriend does not prove he is not gay. Krasnov also drew attention to the fact that the student owns a pink mobile phone
Now the student has to collect recommendation letters from his school and workplace for university management to make a decision whether he is gay or not. Roman Krasnov confirmed that students' social media accounts are monitored, "for one simple reason - we are a state university".