First Russians jailed over rainbow-coloured items after LGBTQ ‘movement’ outlawed

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02/07/2024

The first publicly known cases have emerged of Russian authorities penalising people under a court ruling that outlawed LGBTQ activism as extremism, Russian media and rights groups have reported, with at least three people who displayed rainbow-coloured items receiving jail time or fines. The Supreme Court ruling in November banned what the government called the LGBTQ “movement” operating in Russia and labelled it as an extremist organisation. The ruling was part of a crackdown on LGBTQ people in the increasingly conservative country where “traditional family values” have become a cornerstone of President Vladimir Putin’s 24-year rule.

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