Disinfo: In Russia, the rights of representatives of the LGBT community are not violated

Summary

In Russia, the rights of representatives of the LGBT community are not infringed. There are no laws that infringe on the rights of these people. This is absolutely clear, including the constitutional position. There is a limitation of propaganda among minors.

Disproof

The persecution of sexual minorities in Russia is a critical, ongoing issue which includes violence, employment discrimination and social stigma.

According to the NGO ILGA-Europe, Russia is the fourth-worst European country for LGBT persons to live in.

The true extent of anti-LGBT discrimination in Russia is difficult to assess, given that the state does not compile statistics on violence against sexual minorities. Nor does the legal system confer any specific protections on LGBT persons; Article 63 of the Criminal Code counts "political, ideological, racial, national or religious hatred" among factors aggravating punishment for violent offences, but this provision does not extend to sexual and gender minorities.

Independent studies show that LGBT hate crimes doubled between 2013 and 2017, with researchers attributing the increase to the 2013 federal law banning "gay propaganda." The most recent report by Russia's SOVA Center, a non-governmental hate crime watchdog, noted another spike in anti-LGBT violence in 2018-19. The situation is especially dire in Chechnya, where homophobic violence is not only tacitly permitted, but routinely perpetrated by regional law enforcement.

Very few hate crimes against LGBT are prosecuted in Russia. Between November 2012 and May 2018 in Russia (with the exception of the North Caucasus where anti-gay purges were reported), at least 322 hate crimes were committed against LGBT people, during which 351 people were injured. All these crimes are related to physical violence. During this period, there were at least 14 killings of LGBT people motivated by homophobic or transphobic hatred, as well as 5 abductions of LGBT people (all of which were accompanied by homophobic / transphobic bullying and physical abuse). The most common type of crime is physical attacks on LGBT people committed when the attacker becomes aware of the victim’s sexual orientation or transgender status. Since 2012, the NGO "Coming out" with the participation of the NGO "LGBT network" has documented 138 such attacks.

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  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: LGBT

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Disproof

The statement that "moreover, the Democrats are trying to direct these sentiments against Trump", because "dumping Trump is more important to them than saving the country" is a conspiracy. The disinformation report pretends  that "radicals" (in plural) encourage black people to commit violence: only one controversial opinion is quoted to support this claim and no supportive evidence on democrats supporting violence is given at all.

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory. The article provides no evidence to support its accusations that US intelligence is engaged in drug trafficking or other illicit fund-raising operations in Afghanistan.

The article’s message is consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on Afghanistan that seek to discredit the military and intelligence presence of the US and  its allies in the country. For example, pro-Kremlin media have claimed that former Afghan president Hamid Karzai called Russia to liberate his nation from US occupation; that the West and the US are ferrying Islamic State members to Afghanistan to use them against China, as part of a so-called “Anaconda ring”; or that NATO is denying the presence of terrorists in the country but the FSB has evidence of it.

None of the JIT’s evidence is valid, all accusations are based on some articles in the media

In the trial of the flight MH17, the entire case against the Joint Investigation Team is drawn from digital media, from media in general because there is not a single piece of evidence that could used legally.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine, aiming to discredit the criminal trial and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigated the case, collected evidence and reached clear conclusions: flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by the BUK TELAR system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the city of Pervomaiskiy in eastern Ukraine, from where the rocket was launched. After firing, the system with one missing missile returned to the Russian Federation. On May 24 2018, JIT announced in its conclusion that the Buk belongs to the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces in Kursk, Russian Federation. The fact that other investigators from the media and society also found evidence and uncovered the responsibilities of different persons in the chain of command that led to the tragedy, doesn't imply that the JIT didn't work or that none of the evidence is valid.