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Russia Censors LGBT Online Groups

Expand LGBT rights activists carry the rainbow flag during a May Day rally in St. Petersburg, Russia, May 1, 2018. © 2018 AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky A Saint Petersburg court ruled last week that two lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) social media groups violated Russia’s notorious “gay propaganda” law and ordered the sites shuttered. The groups – “Russian LGBT Community” and “Russia LGBT Network” – were hosted on VKontakte, a Russian social media platform similar to Facebook. The court judgments state that the incriminating material was images representing same-sex relationships.…

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