Russia declares LGBTQ rights activist Igor Kochetkov a ‘foreign agent’

The Russian Justice Ministry has designated well-known LGBTQ+ rights activist Igor Kochetkov as a “foreign agent.” The ministry added Kochetkov to its “foreign-agent media” registry on Friday, November 12.

Kochetkov heads the Russian LGBT Network, an organization best known for its emergency evacuations of at-risk LGBTQ+ people from the repressive Chechen Republic. 

His designation comes less than a week after the Justice Ministry blacklisted the Russian LGBT Network as an “unregistered public association performing the functions of a ‘foreign agent.’”

The Russian Justice Ministry’s registry of “foreign-agent media” includes 95 individuals and organizations. Of these, 77 were blacklisted as “foreign agents” between April and November 2021. 

We won’t give up Because you’re with us

I’m with you, Meduza

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.