Germany to Grant Asylum for Russian LGBTs
After the Russian Supreme Court decided to call the ‘’international LGBT social movement” extremist, Germany considered granting Russian LGBTs asylum.
German Asylum for Russian LGBTs
On Wednesday, the Russian Supreme Court backed the Justice Ministry’s legal action, charging the LGBT movement for inciting societal and religious unrest. Under the Russian penal code, getting involved or financially supporting an extremist group could result in a maximum of 12 years of imprisonment.
Germany, on the other hand, will consider the processing of applications of Russian gay citizens who want to seek asylum.
“If someone has the possibility of seeking asylum in Germany, this will be checked, because it is of course a matter of political persecution, and persecution on the grounds of sexual identity,” said Maximilian Kall, German Justice Ministry spokesman.
The European Union boldly criticised the Russian Federation’s ruling for criminalising LGBT promotion and forbidding its movement’s activities. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell said the organisation implores Russia to cease unjustified discretion and honor its international obligation. They also asked the Kremlin to safeguard and implement human rights without prejudice.
Russian Music Channel Fined Over Same-Sex Couple’s Music Video
St Petersburg’s Vyborg District Court fined Russian music channel, AIVA for airing ex-Eurovision contestant Sergey Lazarev’s music video. The video titled, “So Beautiful” featured snapshots of same-sex couples holding hands.
In the 2016 and 2019 Eurovision Song Contests, Lazarev represented Russia and ranked third place on both events. However, the country was banned from joining the contest because it invaded Ukraine.
According to the court, the music video showed two different individuals, but of the same sex. It breached Russia’s strict laws prohibiting “gay propaganda.”
The court penalised the TV channel 500,000 rubles ($5,500) and accused it of permitting the impart of non-traditional sexual relationships.
Since Russia launched its offensive in Ukraine in February 2022, Vladimir Putin furthered Moscow’s repression of the LGBTQ community as a fundamental aspect of a wider “culture war” with the West.
Human rights groups condemned Russia for abating the definition of what comprises “gay propaganda.” They also criticised the dubious criteria that would fine websites and TV channels as they wish.