Russia Bans International LGBTI Movement as Extremist: What This Means for the LGBT Community

Nov 30, 2023 at 3:26 p.m

The Russian Supreme Court has labeled the “international LGBTI movement” as extremist and banned. The movement is now on the same list as Al Qaeda and IS.

The Supreme Court has agreed to a request from the Russian Justice Ministry to recognize the LGBTI movement and its “branches” as extremist. According to the ministry, the LGBTI movement incites “social and religious divisions”, which violates the country’s anti-terrorism laws.

LGBT activists in the country fear that the entire community could be targeted by Russia and sentenced to long prison sentences under the guise of “extremist activities”.

The Kremlin is increasingly emphasizing “traditional values”. In December last year, President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning “LGBTI propaganda”. Rules surrounding the dissemination of LGBTI information were thus tightened.

More than a hundred groups have been banned in Russia because the country characterizes them as “extremist”. The religious Jehovah’s Witnesses, human rights organizations and Alexei Navalny’s anti-corruption organization are also on the extremist list.

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