The BBC reports:
Russia’s justice ministry has filed a motion with the country’s Supreme Court to ban the activities of what it calls the “international LGBT public movement” as extremist. It is unclear whether the ministry’s statement refers to the LGBT community as a whole or specific organisations.
It said the movement had shown signs of “extremist activity”, including inciting “social and religious strife”. The ban could leave any LGBT activist vulnerable to criminal prosecution.
The extremist label has been used in the past by Russian authorities against rights organisations and opposition groups such as Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation. The top court will examine the motion on 30 November.
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