Russia Arrests Gay Bar Staffers Under “Extremism” Law

The Moscow Times reports:

Russian authorities have arrested employees of a gay club as part of the country’s first criminal “extremism” case against members of the LGBTQ+ community, a court in the city of Orenburg said Wednesday.

Kremlin-aligned conservative activist Yekaterina Mizulina earlier this week announced criminal charges in connection with the LGBTQ+ club Pose’s activities. Nationalist, pro-war activists said earlier in March that they helped law enforcement agencies raid Pose on suspicion of spreading “LGBT propaganda.”

Orenburg’s Central District Court ruled Wednesday to place the club’s art director and bar manager in pre-trial detention until May 18. The two individuals face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of “organizing extremist activities.”

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