Russian Crackdown on LGBT+ activists must end

2022Article19 february

On 9 February, Russia’s Justice Ministry filed a lawsuit seeking to liquidate Sphere Foundation, a legal and financial entity of the Russian LGBT Network, arguing that the group spreads ‘LGBT views’ and engages in activities that contradict ‘fundamental family values enriched in the constitution’. The Ministry concluded that the very existence of the LGBT+ community ‘goes against state policy focused on preservation, growth and evolution of human capital’.

Key wordsLGBTIQ / political violence