June 14, 2018

Russia still enforces a law banning “gay propaganda” which has been interpreted as an attack on the LGBT community. Supporters of the statute claim it protects the minds of children from corruption but it has been denounced by human rights groups. “LGBT fans traveling to Russia face potential harassment from locals over public displays of affection,” Jonathon Keymer, a travel risk expert who monitors Russia for iJet International, said. “There is not widespread tolerance.” The intolerance extends to racism. Russia’s soccer authorities were sanctioned after black players from France were targeted with racist chanting during a game between the teams in St. Petersburg in March.