Russia Moves to Ban ‘International LGBT Movement’

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11/16/2023

Russia’s Justice Ministry said Friday it has filed a motion for the Supreme Court to ban what it called an “international LGBT public movement” as extremist, a move activists warned would effectively put all LGBT Russians at risk of criminal prosecution. The LGBT “movement’s” activities within Russia were found to “incite social and religious discord” in violation of the country’s anti-extremism laws, the ministry said in a statement. It was not immediately clear how Russian authorities are expected to prove the existence of an organized global LGBT movement. Russia’s Supreme Court is scheduled to rule on the Justice Ministry’s petition on Nov. 30. Individuals found guilty of involvement in an “extremist” group face lengthy prison terms.

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