LGBTQ Students

  • Russian law bans "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" to minors. Foreign citizens face fines up to 15 days in jail, and deportation. The law is vague as to what Russia considers propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.

  • Acts of violence and harassment targeting LGBTQ+ individuals occur but mostly in the North Caucasus

  • Moscow and St. Petersburg are more tolerant

  • Exercise caution when discussing this topic with a stranger

  • Do not express your opinions about LGBTQ+ communities and their rights during any public events in Russia, especially the ones which might include TV cameras