The Saratov publication “Svobodnye Novosti” was able to obtain a copy of the Supreme Court’s decision dated November 30, 2023, declaring the non-existent “International LGBT Movement” an extremist organization and banning its activities in Russia. Saratov journalists found the text of the Supreme Court’s decision in the materials of the administrative violation case. (The session of the Supreme Council was held behind closed doors and was therefore not published in the mass media.)
“Mediazona”, having read the document, published excerpts from it and tells how the Supreme Court tried to justify the existence of the “international LGBT movement.
“Mediazona” got acquainted with the document and cites excerpts about how the Supreme Court tried to justify the existence of the “international LGBT movement” and looked for “extremism” in the queer community.
As follows from the documents presented by the Ministry of Justice and established by the case materials, since 1984 there has been an international public movement of LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people) on the territory of the Russian Federation. It arose in the USA in the 60s of the 20th century as part of the policy of limiting the birth rate, which proposes the promotion of non-traditional family relationships.
The appearance of supporters and followers of the Movement in the Russian Federation is due to foreign political influence, the purpose of which is to eliminate moral condemnation and consolidate the ideology of the Movement at the state level.
The movement does not have registration and a single structure on the territory of the Russian Federation, it consists of various unregistered organizations, including international non-governmental organizations, communities, groups that include persons of non-traditional sexual orientation, as well as individual activists and participants who are not such, but carry out their activities in the interests of the Movement.
The activity of the Movement on the territory of the Russian Federation has a decentralized character, currently the Movement has spread to the territory of more than 60 subjects of the Russian Federation (in particular, in Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Republic of Tatarstan, Krasnodar Krai, Perm Krai, Primorsky Krai, Arkhangelsk, Voronezh, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Samara, Sverdlovsk, Tomsk, Murmansk, Yaroslavl regions).
281 natural persons promoting LGBT ideology and participating in the Movement’s activities have been established. These persons receive centralized financing, including from foreign organizations. More than 80 Internet resources without age restrictions belong to the movement. These resources are intended for unlimited access by a wide range of people with millions of subscribers.
Currently, the Movement is taking new forms due to the joining of a significant number of participants of Internet communities who live abroad and actively support and promote non-traditional sexual relations, with the creation of an initiative group in its structure, which carries out its activities on the territory of more than 25 countries, including Argentina, Germany, Great Britain, USA, Estonia, Israel, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Japan, which determines the status of the Movement as international.
Since 2013, separate structural units of the Movement have presented alternative reports to the UN (Committee on Human Rights) on the situation of the LGBT community in the Russian Federation, which contain distorted information about the rights of LGBT people (lack of anti-discrimination legislation, protection against crimes against grounds of hatred, violation of the civil and political rights of LGBT people), with the aim of forming a negative image of the Russian Federation in the international legal field. At the international level, they present a single agenda on behalf of the entire LGBT community of the Russian Federation, which confirms the unity of the Movement’s participants.
The international LGBT movement is essentially a destructive ideological mechanism of influence on citizens, including minors, threatens the demographic situation in the country, contributes to the creation of conditions for the self-destruction of society, weakening of family ties, causes harm to the moral health of people, imposes ideas that imply the denial of human dignity and values of human life.
At the same time, the propaganda of the Movement receives more and more financial and political support in various countries. Same-sex marriages are legalized in 45 countries of the world, most of which are concentrated in Europe and America, as well as in South Africa (2006), New Zealand (2013), Australia (2017), Taiwan (2019), Switzerland (2020) .
According to the conclusion of experts of the Nizhny Novgorod Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Movement has a negative impact on various groups of the population, including children and adolescents. The demonstrative-aggressive, obsessive nature of the propaganda of LGBT ideology, provocative in its content and semantic orientation, is essentially an ideological and value expansion and contradicts traditional Russian spiritual, moral and family values, predetermined by the historical, cultural and other traditions of the Russian Federation.
It follows from the case materials that the most common and effective means of promoting the Movement among minors include: applying LGBT symbols on children’s toys, clothes, and various accessories; publication of LGBT literature promoting non-traditional sexual relations among minors and same-sex families; conducting actions near schools and children’s libraries, which promote non-traditional sexual relations, compared with traditional ones and causing interest in such relations.
One of the main goals of the destructive ideology of the Movement is the need to change the concept of religious perception of LGBT people in the minds of people. Under the influence of the ideology of the Movement, the interpretation of the Bible is changing.
The materials of the case established that the Movement and the community of LGBT supporters are radical in their views and manifestations, which are based on hatred of traditions, religion, thousand-year-old culture and their carriers, presuppose the superiority of carriers of the specified ideology over other people and a tendency to repression (in particular, those who disagree with LGBT ideas are banned from teaching in educational institutions, treated, their own children are taken from those who disagree and subject them to social isolation, their accounts with negative comments are removed from social networks).
The Court considers the arguments of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation to be worthy of attention that the scale of the Movement’s spread and its organization, as well as the fact that its activities are coordinated, including from the territory of foreign states, create a threat of anti-Russian forces using numerous participants of the Movement to interfere in the internal affairs of Russia Federations and destabilization of the public-political situation and national security of the Russian Federation.
Editor: Dmitry Treshchanin