On April 21, a judge in St. Petersburg shut down Charitable Foundation Sphere, the legal entity under which the Russian LGBT Network operates

On April 21, a judge in St. Petersburg shut down Charitable Foundation Sphere, the legal entity under which the Russian LGBT Network operates

The picture shows the lower face of a woman with a blanket wrapped around her shoulders on a red background. In the corner a banner of the russian flag. The text reads: Breaking: Russain LGBT Network shut down by court

On April 21, a judge in St. Petersburg shut down Charitable Foundation Sphere, the legal entity under which the Russian LGBT Network operates.

The network works to promote and protect the rights of LGBT+ people in Russia. During the anti-LGBT+ crackdown in Chechnya that began in 2017, the network led efforts to stop abuses and evacuate survivors.

The Russian authorities are using a baseless claim that helping LGBT+ people is against traditional Russian values.

The team of Sphere has declared it will resist and continue providing legal, psychological and emergency assistance to the LGBT+ community, and do everything possible to ensure that this work continues without interruption, regardless of the legal status of their team. But they will need your support.

Urge the Russian authorities to revoke this decision NOW by signing and sharing this petition.

I will sign to support the Russian LGBT

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