Weaponizing prejudice

Russia’s anti-LGBTQI+ foreign policy.

Open event, Panel
26 June 2024 — 6:00PM TO 7:00PM
Chatham House and Online

Vladimir Putin’s ‘war on queerness’ reached new levels of repression in December 2023, with the adoption of a bill banning support for and access to public information about LGBTQI+ rights.

The impact of these policies now goes beyond the weaponization of identity to target dissent and freedoms at the domestic level: the Kremlin’s stigmatisation of sexual minorities and attempts to enforce ‘traditional family values’ is a deliberate foreign policy tactic, designed to appeal to countries which do not subscribe to Western liberal values.

The aim of this event is to bring attention to the Kremlin’s renewed assault on LGBTQI+ rights, exploring how this narrative aligns with the Kremlin’s ideological competition with the West and its influence tactics world-wide.

Key Questions:

  • What are the potential long-term consequences of Russia’s anti-LGBTQI+ legislation?
  • How is Russia cracking down on LGBTQI+ rights and people?
  • Why does this matter internationally?
  • How does Russia weaponize prejudice to appeal to other countries?
  • What can the international community do about this?
  • How does the traditionalist propaganda affect other civil liberties such as reproductive rights?

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