Russian riot police raid LGBTQ+ club in Yekaterinburg amidst growing crackdown

Jeppe W

Dec.11 - 2023 12:24 PM CET

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In a recent operation in Yekaterinburg, Russia, local police, OMON riot units, and canine squads conducted a 'preventative' raid on an LGBTQ+ club. The incident, which took place during an event on Saturday night, was reported by the Yekaterinburg-based news outlet Ura.ru.

According to the Yekaterinburg Interior Ministry's press service, the operation involved checking over 100 individuals present at the club.

The authorities also confiscated several unlabeled bottles containing hard alcohol. A correspondent from Ura.ru, who was on the scene, noted that police were checking documents and recording personal information of those present.

Reaction and Implications

Dmitry Chukreev, a member of the city's civic council who participated in the raid, stated that the action was prompted by "reports from concerned citizens". He emphasized that the raid was not connected to the recent Russian Supreme Court decision that banned the so-called "LGBT movement" as an "extremist organization".

On November 30, the Russian Supreme Court declared the "international LGBT movement" an "extremist organization". Although the court's decision had not yet been implemented, police raids were conducted on clubs in Moscow and St. Petersburg, known for hosting events for the LGBTQ+ community, the day after the ruling.

The raid in Yekaterinburg is part of a series of actions by Russian authorities against the LGBTQ+ community, sparking concerns about the increasing crackdown on sexual minorities in the country.

The Supreme Court's decision and the subsequent police operations are seen as a significant step back for LGBTQ+ rights in Russia, heightening fears about the future of the community under the current regime.