Russia bans ‘LGBT movement'
Major fines were introduced for anyone found guilty of promoting “non-traditional sexual relations,” transgenderism and pedophilia.
However, it still remains unclear which pro-LGBT groups exactly the new ruling will affect in Russia. The country’s largest such group is the ‘Russian LGBT network,’ a civic platform established in the mid-2000s to bring together regional organizations advocating the rights of sexual minorities.
The network, which was designated as a “foreign agent” two years ago, is a part of LIGA – the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association – a major Swiss-based NGO that has advocated gay rights since the late 1970s.