Crowe calls on Russian authorities to end persecution of LGBT citizens

Sinn Féin's Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Diaspora, Seán Crowe TD, has criticised the Russian government for introducing a so-called gay ‘propaganda’ law, which introduces hefty fines for anyone who distributes information on alleged “non-traditional sexual relationships”.

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The new legislation has also led to the arrest and persecution of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people, most notably at St. Petersburg’s recent Pride March. An open letter has been written by Irish civil society groups, calling on the Russian authorities to end its persecution of LGBT people.

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Speaking after signing the letter on behalf of Sinn Féin, Deputy Crowe said:

“I, along with other concerned Irish citizens and politicians, have signed an open letter strongly urging the Russian authorities to end its persecution of LGBT people.

“It also calls on the authorities to focus on upholding the right of LGBT citizens, and their supporters, to freedom of expression, assembly, and protection from homophobic violence.

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