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After the LGBTQ+ movement was deemed “extremist” by the Supreme Court, police raided homosexual pubs in Moscow.

By HENRY Dec 3, 2023
The searches come after the Russian Supreme Court declared the LGBTQ+ "movement" in the nation to be an extremist group. TheΒ Associated Press


Less than 48 hours after Russia’s highest court labeled the “global LGBTQ+ movement” as an extremist group, Russian security agents raided gay clubs and pubs around the capital on Friday night.

Under the guise of a narcotics bust, police reportedly searched several locations in the Russian capital, including a pub that held LGBTQ+ events, a nightclub, and a male sauna.

Reporters were informed by eyewitnesses that the security services scrutinized and took pictures of club patrons’ documents. In addition, they said that supervisors had forewarned customers before the cops showed there.

LGBTQ+ | Police search homosexual clubs in Moscow after Supreme Court decision labeling LGBTQ+ movement as “extremist” – Telegraph India

Following its ruling designating Russia’s LGBTQ+ “movement” as an extremist group, the Supreme Court of Russia ordered the searches.

President Vladimir Putin has been suppressing LGBTQ+ rights for the last ten years. During his twenty-four years in office, Putin has prioritized “traditional family values.” This decision was reached in response to a lawsuit brought by the Justice Ministry.

Activists have pointed out that the case was filed against a movement that is not an established organization and that, because of its sweeping and ambiguous description, authorities may repress anybody or any group that they believe to be associated with it.

The ruling has already resulted in the closure of many LGBTQ+ establishments, including Central Station, a homosexual bar in St. Petersburg. On Friday, it announced on social media that the owner would no longer let the bar to remain open while the ban was in force.

Before the decision, Max Olenichev, a human rights attorney who represents the LGBTQ+ community in Russia, told The Associated Press that the verdict essentially outlaws organized activities aimed at defending the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals.

Police raid homosexual pubs in Moscow after a Supreme Court decision that branded the LGBTQ+ movement as “extremist” – CP24.com

“In actuality, it is possible that the Russian government, having this court decision at hand, will apply the ruling against LGBTQ+ projects that are successful in Russia, viewing them as a component of this civic movement,” Olenichev said.

Leading Russian human rights organizations had petitioned the Supreme Court, citing discriminatory practices and constitutional violations in the Justice Ministry case, prior to the verdict. The court turned down attempts by some LGBTQ+ groups to join the lawsuit as parties.

The “gay propaganda” bill, which forbade any public support of “nontraditional sexual relations” between minors, was the first piece of legislation limiting LGBTQ+ rights that the Kremlin enacted in 2013. A clause prohibiting same-sex marriage was included in the 2020 constitutional amendments that Putin pushed through in order to prolong his reign for a another two years.

The Kremlin intensified its campaign against the West’s “degrading” influence after deploying soldiers into Ukraine in 2022. Advocates for human rights see it as an effort to justify the war. In addition to restricting public support of LGBTQ+ individuals, a rule was introduced the same year that forbade adult promotion about “nontraditional sexual relations.”

This year saw the passage of another legislation that outlawed gender transitioning practices and treatment that is gender affirming for transgender persons. Changes to a person’s gender in official papers and public records were also forbidden under the Act, along with “medical interventions aimed at changing the sex of a person.”

Allegations of LGBTQ+ discrimination are refuted by Russian authorities. According to Andrei Loginov, the deputy minister of justice, “the rights of LGBT people in Russia are protected” by law, according to reports from Russian media earlier this month. While delivering a report on human rights in Russia to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in Geneva, he made the case that “restraining public demonstration of nontraditional sexual relationships or preferences is not a form of censure for them.”

It’s unclear how LGBTQ+ activists and emblems will be regulated since the Supreme Court case is still under seal.

As to Olga Baranova, the head of the Moscow Community Center for LGBTQ+ Initiatives, a lot of individuals will think about leaving Russia before they attract attention.

Baranova told the AP, “We can clearly see that they are once again painting us as a domestic enemy in an attempt to deflect attention from all the other issues that Russia is facing.”


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