Russia: Regime labels LGBT rights group, lawyers “‘foreign agents”

Source: ABC News

“Russian authorities named a prominent LGBT rights group and several lawyers as ‘foreign agents’ on Monday night, continuing a months-long crackdown on activists, opposition supporters and independent media. The Justice Ministry added the Russian LGBT Network, prominent lawyer Ivan Pavlov and four of his former colleagues to its registry of ‘foreign agents.’ The designation implies additional government scrutiny and carries strong pejorative connotations that can discredit recipients. The Russian LGBT Network has advocated for civil rights in Russia since 2006 and has 17 branches across the country. The group is well-known both in Russia and abroad for its effort to rescue gay men and lesbians from Chechnya, a predominantly Muslim region in the Russian south where local authorities were reported to have unleashed a violent crackdown on LGBT people.” (11/09/21)