Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law has led to a huge rise in anti-LGBT attacks

St Petersburg Pride in Russia

Hate crimes against LGBT people have doubled since Russia created a law banning gay “propaganda”.

The 2013 legislation, which prohibits “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships” towards minors, has been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights.

The European judges found that the law “reinforced stigma and prejudice and encouraged homophobia”.

Riot policemen arrest a right-wing activist during a protest against the first "March of Equality" parade in Kiev, since fighting with pro-Moscow rebels broke out in the east of the country last year, on June 6, 2015.  At least seven people were injured and more than 20 arrested on June 6, 2015 in Kiev as scuffles broke out between members of a rare Ukrainian gay pride march and their nationalist opponents. AFP PHOTO / VOLODYMYR SHUVAYEV        (Photo credit should read VOLODYMYR SHUVAYEV/AFP/Getty Images)


The law also bans people from sharing “distorted ideas about the equal social value of traditional and non-traditional sexual relationships”.

It has been widely abused by Vladimir Putin’s government to clamp down on the LGBT rights movement as a whole.

And now the ECHR has been backed up by statistics, with researchers finding that anti-LGBT hate crimes have doubled.

People wave gay rights' movement rainbow flags during the gay pride rally in Saint  Petersburg, on Agust 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / OLGA MALTSEVA        (Photo credit should read OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images)


The Centre for Independent Social Research analysed 250 crimes – 200 of which were murders – and concluded that homophobic attacks had surged, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Most victims were gay men.

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