First Russian prosecution of LGBT rainbow flag as “extremist symbol”

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01/18/2024

A woman in Russia’s Saratov region faces charges for the first time ever of “demonstrating an extremist organisation’s symbols” after posting an image of the LGBT’s rainbow flag on Instagram, Meduza reported on January 19. Russian recently beefed up its anti-gay laws to make “promoting” alternative sexualities illegal and has been cracking down on LGBT groups. The potential consequences include a fine of up to RUB2,000 ($23) or up to 15 days in jail, with a repeat offence classified as a felony, carrying a possible four-year prison sentence. The Supreme Court’s ruling, previously held behind closed doors, has now been disclosed, recognizing the “LGBT Movement” as an “extremist organisation.” This ground-breaking decision has elicited sharp condemnation from human rights advocates.

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