Russian government seeks to liquidate LGBT+ network

Russian government seeks to liquidate LGBT+ network
Igor Kochetkov, Russian gay rights activist and head of the Russian LGBT Network. (BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images)
Igor Kochetkov, Russian gay rights activist and head of the Russian LGBT Network. (BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images)

The Russian government’s campaign against the LGBT+ community does not stop and instead seeks to deliver the final blow

The Russian Ministry of Justice has taken action against the Russian LGBT Network, filing a lawsuit against the Sphere Charitable Foundation, its legal entity. The aim is to block it and make it illegal throughout Russian territory. According to the documentation produced by the Ministry of Justice for the court, it is claimed that ‘all Sphere’s activities are contrary to the state policy aimed at preserving, expanding and developing human capital’.

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Let us say from the outset that this Russian LGBT network – which brings together several organisations spread across 13 regions – has been active in evacuating survivors of ethnic cleansing in Chechnya, running support hotlines for LGBT+ people and even organising the first Pride in St Petersburg.

However, for the central government in Moscow, the actions of the Russian LGBT Network aim to spread LGBT+ views and at the same time to “change Russian federal legislation concerning the LGBT+ movement”, in particular the ‘Gay Propaganda Law’ which prohibits the promotion of queer topics to minors.

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Igor Kochetkov – founder of the Sphere Charitable Network in 2011 – stated in no uncertain terms that this is pure political persecution at the highest level and done in the open.

Moscow’s repression of LGBT+ activities continues at the highest level.

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