November 22, 2023

Ministry of Justice: LGBT Russians Are Next


Ministry of Justice: LGBT Russians Are Next
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The Russian Ministry of Justice has filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court to ban "the international LGBT movement" and declare it "extremist." The court's decision may put all Russian LGBT activists and organizations at risk of criminal prosecution.

In a Justice Department press release, LGBTQ+ Russians were referred to as an "international social movement." Neither Mediazona nor The Moscow Times could find proof of a "movement." 

Over the past decade, Russia has passed legislation attacking its LGBTQ+ citizens. In December 2022, President Vladimir Putin signed a law against "LGBT propaganda," which set fines for books or media that represented non-straight relationships. During the summer of 2023, Russia banned gender-affirming care and sex changes on legal documents. 

If the court upholds the ban as passed, prosecutors will have the power to pursue "terrorism" cases against LGBT Russians, especially activists. The media will have to add disclaimers of "extremism" when referring to LGBT people or else face fines. According to The Moscow Times, LGBT organizations will have the same legal status as pro-Navalny groups.

The Supreme Court's ruling is scheduled for November 30.

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