On Friday, the Russian government served popular Russian LGBTQ+ site gay.ru a notice that it must remove information on the site within 24 hours. If it fails to comply, the government will block access to the site.
In a letter to the site, the government said that “the information posted on the site is classified as prohibited information directed to distribution among minors capable cause them to interest in non-traditional sexual relations, distortion of the notion of social equivalence of traditional and non-traditional sexual relations and the emergence of the desire to do non-traditional sexual relations, that is a real threat to their health.”
The letter also cited damage to minors’ well-being and health.
“We have been with you 20 years, since September 1997,” gay.ru wrote. “Our site is intended for persons over 18 years of age, which contains an appropriate note.”