Russian Court Orders Arrest of Bar Administrator and Art Director for Organizing “Extremist Organization” Targeting LGBTQ Community

Russian Court Orders Arrest of Bar Administrator and Art Director for Organizing “Extremist Organization” Targeting LGBTQ Community

A Russian court has ordered the arrest of Diana Kamilyanova, the administrator of the “Pose” bar, and Alexander Klimov, its art director, on charges of organizing an “extremist organization” under new legislation criminalizing the LGBTQ community. This marks the first criminal case launched since Russia banned the so-called “international LGBT movement” in November, as part of an intensified crackdown on LGBTQ individuals.

The Orenburg tribunal, located in southwestern Russia, has decided to keep Kamilyanova and Klimov in custody until May 18. If found guilty, they could face up to 10 years in prison. The court accused them of “promoting non-traditional sexual relations among the visitors of the bar.” Earlier this month, police raided the bar, and videos of the humiliating detentions of some club visitors circulated online.

According to the independent news website Mediazona, Diana Kamilyanova is the manager of the bar, while Alexander Klimov serves as its art director.

The Russian government has provided only a vague description of the “international LGBT movement,” which critics argue allows for the prosecution of anyone advocating for LGBTQ rights or simply identifying with the community. Ekaterina Mizulina, the director of the League of the Safe Internet and a prominent figure pushing for repressive laws, welcomed the criminal proceedings. Mizulina stated that this is the first criminal case in Russia following the Supreme Court’s recognition of the LGBT movement as extremist.

Amnesty International expressed concern over the situation, stating, “What LGBTQ persons and human rights activists have feared since the end of last year has finally come to pass.” Since 2013, Russian lawmakers have progressively increased pressure on liberal segments of society, banning the promotion of “non-traditional” relationships to children.

The Kremlin has further intensified conservative rhetoric since its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, framing the conflict as a battle against the West and its liberal values.

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Author: CrimeDoor

1 Response

  1. It is disheartening to see the LGBTQ community being targeted and criminalized in Russia. One possible solution to combat this issue is to raise awareness and educate the public about the importance of inclusivity and acceptance.

    Organizing community events, workshops, and discussions that promote dialogue and understanding can help break down stereotypes and prejudices. By creating safe spaces for people to share their experiences and stories, we can foster empathy and compassion.

    Additionally, it is crucial to engage with international organizations and human rights advocates to put

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