Amidst ongoing persecution, the Russian Ministry of Justice has filed a lawsuit to declare the “international public movement of LGBT people” an extremist organization. According to Meduza and the department’s website, the Ministry of Justice alleged that the activities of the LGBT movement in Russia show signs of extremism, including incitement of social and religious discord, as outlined in Article 1 of the Federal Law “On Combating Extremist Activities” No. 114-FZ. The trial is set to take place on November 30th in the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.
The legal harassment faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in Russia has been ongoing for years. In 2013, Russia banned “gay propaganda” among minors. Subsequent laws in 2022 and 2023 further restricted the portrayal of non-traditional sexual relationships and imposed fines for LGBTQ+ content in films and TV. These restrictions have led to limited representation of LGBTQ+ issues in media and increased limitations on LGBTQ+ rights in the country.
The future of the movement and the rights of LGBTQ+ people in Russia remain uncertain amidst these legal and social challenges. The lawsuit filed by the Ministry of Justice highlights