- The Supreme Court handed down the ruling in Moscow and the judge said the order was effective immediately
Over the past decade, President Vladimir Putin has told Russians to adhere to conservative social values promoted by the Orthodox Church.
The Supreme Court handed down the ruling in Moscow today.
It did not say whether certain individuals or organisations would be affected by the ruling.
The judge ruled that ‘the international LGBT public movement and its subdivisions’ were extremist, and issued a ‘ban on its activities on the territory of Russia’.
The move is part of a pattern of restrictive measures brought in by Vladimir Putin with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity (File Photo)
He said the order was effective immediately.
If applied to individuals, the ‘extremist’ label means gay, lesbian, transgender or queer people living in Russia could face years in jail.
The hearing took place behind closed doors and without any defence present, Russian media reported ahead of the verdict.
‘One day it will be over but for now we need to try to continue to live and save ourselves,’ the Feminist Anti-War Resistance, which is critical of Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine, said on social media in response to the verdict.
LGBT activists wave their flags during a rally to cancel the results of voting on amendments to the Constitution in Moscow, Russia, on July 15, 2023
Other NGOs, including transgender rights group ‘Center T’, said they would publish safety guidelines for members of the LGBTQ community.
Its director, Yan Dvorkin, who fled Russian citing security concerns, called the legal proceeding a ‘new low point of insanity’.
Russia’s conservative turn accelerated after it deployed troops to Ukraine last year.
Dvorkin said he believed LGBTQ people were being used as scapegoats by Russian authorities.
‘They’re losing the war. This makes people very frustrated and dissatisfied with the government. It’s very easy to take that anger out on LGBTQ people.’