Disinfo: The West manipulates Russian gays


The West is trying to influence Russia through “neoliberal values” and is manipulating Russian gays, convincing them that they must accept all Western values if they want to get rights.


There is no evidence given for this claim. It is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West's moral decay. "Threatened values" is one of the most common narratives used by pro-Kremlin outlets.

According to the deputy director of the Levada Center Denis Volkov, "in 2013, there was a jump in negative emotions towards LGBT people [in Russia]. It can be explained with great certainty by the campaign that was unleashed in the leading Russian media around the so-called "laws against homosexuality propaganda". By now, it seems that the negative effect of this campaign, public opinion gradually ran out of steam". The original Levada study, conducted in 2019, can be found here.

The West's advocacy for the rights of the LGBT+ persons is based on the principle of equal rights and dignity for all human beings.


  • Reported in: Issue 168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Western values, The West, Europe, LGBT
  • Outlet: NTV
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Recurring disinformation narrative on Ukraine and the Euromaidan protests.

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Lithuanian gays interfered in Polish elections

Lithuanian gays interfered in Polish elections on 13 October.


There is no evidence that the LGBT+ community in Lithuania interfered in the Polish parliamentary elections.

The Lithuanian and Polish LGBT+ organizations have criticised the Lithuanian prime minister's idea to nominate Jarosław Kaczyński, the leader of Poland's conservative Law and Justice party, for a top state award. These critics cannot be considered as interference in the electoral process in Poland.

Kyiv does not want rebel held territories to rejoin Ukraine

Ukraine does not  want a return of the LDNR because of fears that voters in the Donbas will throw out the Nazis in power.


This is another story that Nazis and nationalists are in power in Ukraine and are encouraging the war in Donbas.

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