Russia: Draft bill significantly reduces LGBTQI+ people’s rights
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Opposition leader Alexei Navalny is escorted out of a police station in Khimki, outside Moscow, 18 January 2021, following the court ruling that ordered him jailed for 30 days. ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images

The opposition leader and anti-corruption activist was arrested on his return to Russia. A judge ordered that he be detained for thirty days pending a court hearing regarding his alleged breach of parole. If found guilty, Navalny could face three-and-a-half years in prison.

“Graphic political performances are symptoms of pent-up public frustrations. It would be smarter for the authorities to listen to people’s critical voices, especially the distressed ones, even when they are expressed through controversial performance.”

The bill would expand reporting requirements for groups tagged as “foreign agents” and would allow the Justice Ministry to ban any planned or ongoing activity by those groups. Failure to comply would serve as grounds to close down the organisation.