LGBTQ+ club owner arrested in Russia for ‘extremism’

Apr1,2024



New Delhi: The owner of an LGBTQ+ club in the Russian city of Orenburg was arrested on charges of “extremism”, OVD-Info rights group said on Sunday.
He was detained at Moscow airport three days ago and has been remanded in custody along with two of his employees.
Prosecutors accused him of conspiring with supporters of the “international LGBT movement”, as Russian officials describe it.
Police arrested the artistic director and administrator of Pose Club in a raid on the club during a drag show earlier this month.
If found guilty, he could face up to ten years in jail.
Action on LGBTQ+ rights in Russia
It is the first criminal case of its kind since Russia added the “international LGBT movement” to its list of extremist and terrorist organizations.
The move was in line with Russia's Supreme Court ruling last November that LGBTQ+ activists should be designated as extremists.
Strictness on LGBTQ+ rights is increasing in Russia.
President Vladimir Putin has long promoted family and “traditional values”, claiming that LGBTQ+ activism represents a Western attack on “traditional Russian values”.
In 2013, Russia passed a law banning the “propaganda” of “non-traditional sexual relations” aimed at minors.
The law was significantly extended in late 2022 and now bans all forms of LGBTQ+ content in the media, internet, books and films.



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