President Vladimir Putin has recently stepped up his rhetoric against traditional values.

Last November, Russia's Supreme Court declared the movement "extremist" and banned LGBTI+ activism across the country.

Since launching its offensive in Ukraine two years ago, the Kremlin has adopted a conservative stance, turning the conflict into a battleground against the West and its ideas.

In 2022, Russia banned what it called "homosexual propaganda" among adults and expanded an earlier law banning it among minors. It thus banned the representation of "non-traditional sexual relations" in the public sphere and in the media.

On Wednesday, a Russian court ordered two employees of a gay bar to be held in pre-trial detention on charges of forming an "extremist organization," the first such case to be heard after the Supreme Court ruling.

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