In 2013, Russia banned spreading “propaganda for non-traditional sexual relations” to minors.
A new report from the Center for Independent Social Research argues that the law has led to a two-fold in hate crimes against LGBT+ people in Russia – although the figures, which were drawn from court records and data collected by the judicial monitoring group RosPravosudie, almost certainly significantly underestimate the number of hate crimes that are actually committed.
Svetlana Zakharova of the Russian LGBT Network told Thomson Reuters Foundation: “It seems to [offenders] that the government supports their actions. Many perpetrators openly talk about their crimes as noble deeds.”
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