Amnesty International: The Supreme Court’s ruling recognizes as “extremist” an undefined “international public LGBT movement.” This phrase, used by the Russian Ministry of Justice, appears to target not an established, clearly defined group or initiative, but any activism in defence of the human rights of LGBTI people or even any public association with the LGBTI community. Recognizing it as “extremist” carries severe legal consequences for everyone involved in LGBTI-related activities or even having a known, or assumed, association with the LGBTI community. Its “participants” may face up to five years in prison, and its “organizers” and donors, up to 10 years, under Articles 282.2(2), 282.2(1) and 282.3 of the Criminal Code, respectively.
In response to a ruling by the Supreme Court of Russia recognizing the “international public LGBT movement” as “extremist,” and effectively outlawing any public LGBTI-related activity, Marie Struthers, Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International, said:
“This shameful and absurd decision represents a new front in the Russian authorities’ campaign against the LGBTI community. The ruling risks resulting in a blanket ban on LGBTI organizations with far reaching violations of the rights to freedom of association, expression and peaceful assembly, as well as the right to be free from discrimination. It will affect countless people, and its repercussions are poised to be nothing short of catastrophic.”