Police raid Moscow gay bars after a Supreme Court ruling labeled LGBTQ+ movement ‘extremist’

A gay rights activist stands with a rainbow flag, in front of journalists, during a protesting picket in 2015, at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St.Petersburg, Russi. (AP Photo/ File)

Russian security forces raided gay clubs and bars across Moscow Friday night, less than 48 hours after the country’s top court banned what it called the “global LGBTQ+ movement” as an extremist organization.