Civil Society, 'Traditional Values' and LGBT Resistance to Heteronormative Rights Hegemony: Analysis of the UN Universal Periodic Review in the Russian Federation

Paul Chaney
2018 Europe-Asia Studies  
This study of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in the Russian Federation uses frame analysis of civil society input into the UN Universal Periodic Review. It reveals a stark state-civil society 'disconnect' reflecting oppressive government practices, including Law No. 135-FZ on 'non-traditional sexual relations'. This raises wider questions about the efficacy of the review system, not least because issues of performativity and legitimation can be seen to facilitate authoritarian
more » ... te authoritarian resilience. This allows the ruling elite to continue to dissemble by espousing universal rights yet strategically framing them as heteronormative, integral to the protection of 'traditional values' and inimical to identity-based rights claims.
doi:10.1080/09668136.2018.1453924 fatcat:u4bxg72elvhqbhg7mu7mganoou