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Russia makes first convictions for 'LGBT extremism' following ban

Published 01/02/2024, 14:56
Updated 01/02/2024, 15:26

(Reuters) - Two Russian courts have meted out the first convictions in connection with what the government calls the "international LGBT social movement" and which was designated as extremist last year.

On Thursday, a court in the southern region of Volgograd found a man guilty of "displaying the symbols of an extremist organisation" after he posted a photograph of an LGBT flag online, according to the court's press service.

Artyom P., who was ordered to pay a fine of 1,000 rubles, admitted guilt and repented, saying he had posted the image "out of stupidity," the court said.

On Monday, a court in Nizhny Novgorod, east of Moscow, sentenced to five days in administrative detention a woman who had been in a cafe when a man approached her and demanded she remove her frog-shaped earrings displaying an image of a rainbow, said Aegis, an LGBT rights group.

The woman was called to the police station after the man, who filmed the encounter, posted it online.

A trial is set to resume next week in Saratov in southwestern Russian against a photographer who posted images of rainbow flags on Instagram, independent Russian news outlet Mediazona reported.

The rainbow flag represents the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Russian law prohibits anyone in the country "displaying the symbols" of organisations it considers extremist, a list that includes social network Meta.

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Oleg Nefedov, a judge of Russia’s Supreme Court, opens a document case before reading out the verdict during a hearing to consider a request by the Ministry of Justice to recognize the LGBTQ movement as extremist in Moscow, Russia, November 30, 2023. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo

Russia's Supreme Court banned the "LGBT movement" last November, continuing a pattern of increasing restrictions in Russia on expressions of sexual orientation and gender identity.

A law passed last July outlawed legal or medical changes of gender for transgender Russians, and a law banning the promotion of "non-traditional" sexual relations has been on the books for over a decade.

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