Stop LGBTI Criminalization in Russia

On 30 November 2023, the Supreme Court of Russia ruled to recognize “the international public LGBT movement” as “extremist”. This has effectively outlawed any public association with the LGBTI community. Russia must immediately review this ruling to prevent widespread persecution of LGBTI people.

What’s the problem?

The Supreme Court’s ruling recognizes as “extremist” an undefined “international public LGBT movement.” The Russian Ministry of Justice appears to target any activism in defence of the human rights of LGBTI people or even any public association with the LGBTI community. The ruling will result in severe legal consequences for everyone involved in LGBTI rights-related activities and is a risk for anyone with a known, or assumed, association with the LGBTI community.

There is little if any doubt that it will lead to the persecution of LGBTI activists while threatening to inspire and legitimize whole new levels of violence against LGBTI persons across Russia.

Marie Struthers, Amnesty International

People found guilty of committing “extremist” activities may face up to 10 years in prison, employment restrictions and restrictions on other rights. Even displaying a Pride flag or other LGBTI symbols can now be expected to lead to an arrest and detention for up to 15 days, or 4 years for a repeated violation.

We must show solidarity with the Russian LGBTI community and demand an end to these oppressive actions to safeguard the principles of equality, freedom and justice for all. No-one should be persecuted for who they love.

What can you do to help?

Demand the Russian authorities immediately review the decision and end persecution of the LGBTI community in Russia. Love is a human right.