Russia has added the “LGBT movement” to its list of extremist and terrorist organizations. The move was is inline with a verdict by Russia’s Supreme Court in November last year that LGBTQ activists should be labeled as extremists. A move that homosexual and transgender representatives feared would result in arrests and prosecutions.

Russia banned “gay propaganda” among adults in 2022, extending on an existing law that prohibited it among minors and any representation of “non-traditional sexual relations” in public or in the media.

Russia has tightened restrictions on sexual orientation and gender identity during the last decade as part of President Vladimir Putin’s  views of family values in contrast to decadent Western mentality.

A Russian court ordered two gay bar employees on Wednesday to be held in pre-trial detention for organizing an “extremist organization.” It is to be noted, this is the first case since the Supreme Court ruling.