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Russia wants to ban “the international LGBT movement” for “extremism”

The Russian Ministry of Justice indicated on Friday that it had requested a ban on the “international LGBT movement” for “extremism”, a new illustration of the ultraconservative turn in Russia, which has accelerated since the offensive against Ukraine.

In a press release, the ministry does not specify whether it is generally targeting the movement LGBT+ worldwide or if it designates one or more existing organizations. And he did not immediately respond to a request for details from theAFP.

The Russian Supreme Court must consider this request for a ban on November 30.

The ministry said it had filed an administrative request with the Supreme Court (…) in order to classify the international social movement as extremist LGBT and prohibit its activities on the territory of the Russian Federation.

Increase in coercive measures since the offensive in Ukraine

Since the offensive against Ukraine launched in February 2022, the Russian authorities have further increased conservative measures, particularly against LGBT+saying they want to eliminate behavior deemed deviant and positioning themselves as a moral bulwark against the West deemed decadent.

For several human rights organizations, Vladimir Putin and his regime pursue a homophobic and transphobic policy. The Kremlin, for its part, affirms that individuals are free of their sexual orientation but that Russia must protect children in the face of Western propaganda which, according to it, denies the existence of a biological sex.

The announcement by the Ministry of Justice was denounced by specialized organizations.

Russian power once again forgets that the community LGBT+, they are people, citizens of this country like any other. And now he not only wants to eliminate us from public space but also bans us as a social groupreacted to theAFP Dilia Gafourova, director of the fund Spherea rights defense association LGBT+ in Russia.

This is a typical measure of repressive and undemocratic regimes: persecuting the most vulnerableshe continued, promising to to fight.

Denunciation of Amnesty International

Amnesty International denounced in a press release a decision shameful And deeply cynical.

Living in silence and in fear of being humiliated and imprisoned is the price the state wants to impose on countless LGBT+ people in Russialamented Marie Struthers, regional director of this NGO for Eastern Europe.

In July, Russian MPs passed a law that targets transgender people by banning their transitions, including surgeries and hormonal therapies, and banning any right to adopt children.

Since 2013, a law has already prohibited in Russia the propaganda aimed at minors non-traditional sexual relationsa text denounced by NGO as an instrument of repression of LGBT+.

At the end of 2022, this law was considerably expanded. It now bans propaganda LGBT+ to all audiences in the media, on the Internet, in books and in films.

For this reason, a ballet at the Bolshoi about the life of Soviet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who was homosexual, was removed from the repertoire last spring.

Since 2020, the Russian Constitution has also specified that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, effectively prohibiting same-sex unions.

The main NGO LGBT+ from Russia, LGBT-Set (LGBT Networkin Russian), was classified at the end of 2021 foreign agentan infamous label which complicates its operation and exposes it to fines, or even a ban.

This NGO has been helping sexual minorities across Russia since 2006, particularly in the Republic of Chechnya, where the authorities are particularly hostile to them.

The Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta and several NGO revealed in 2017 that gays were arrested and sometimes tortured and murdered by police in Chechnya.

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