Gay activists in Russia fear arrest as top court weighs ‘extremist’ listing

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11/28/2023

Members of Russia’s LGBTQ community fear a court ruling due on Thursday will label them “extremists” and pave the way for arrests and prosecutions of those who speak out for gay and transgender people. Russia’s justice ministry asked the Supreme Court this month to recognize what it called “the international LGBT social movement” as extremist and to ban its activities. The ministry said that “various signs and manifestations of extremist orientation, including the incitement of social and religious discord” had been identified in the activities of Russia’s LGBTQ movement, without giving examples.

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