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LGBTI Rights in Russia


ADDED ON: 06/12/2019

How L.G.B.T. Couples in Russia Decide Whether to Leave the Country

In March, a member of the Russian senate asked the prosecutor general to look into the issue of yoga in pretrial detention. Yoga classes, organized on the recommendation of human-rights activists, had…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2019

‘If nothing changes, I’ll kill myself’: The horrific plight of LGBT+ asylum seekers in Russia

“Russia is the last place I wanted to end up,” says Ahmet, 25. “But I don’t have a choice – it is either this or death.” Ahmet, originally from Gaza, was never…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2019

Men raid Russian activist’s home, threaten to kill people helping LGBTI Chechens escape

A group of seven unknown men raided a Russian activist’s home in St Petersburg last week (17 May). The activist, who wishes to remain anonymous, works as a volunteer for the Russian…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2019

Russian Files Chechnya ‘Gay Purge’ Complaint With European Rights Court

A gay Russian man who says he was abducted and tortured by police in Chechnya has filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) after Russian investigators refused to…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2019

Almost one in three Russians would disown a gay friend, study finds

A new poll of Russians has revealed a complicated picture of homophobia — falling slightly, but from exceptionally high levels. The Levada Centre study, published on Thursday, indicated that more than half…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2019

Russian Support for LGBT Rights Hits 14-Year High, Poll Says

Nearly half of Russians support equal rights for members of the LGBT community, marking the highest level of support in 14 years, according to the independent Levada Center pollster. Since Russia banned…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2019

Russian LGBTIs risk arrest by holding public vigil for gay Holocaust victims

In an act of brave defiance, a group of LGBTI Russians commemorated the gay victims of the Nazi Holocaust. Leading LGBTI activist Petr Voskresenskii secretly planned the event in St Petersburg held…

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ADDED ON: 05/09/2019

Russia: New Anti-Gay Crackdown in Chechnya

Police in Chechnya have carried out a new round of unlawful detentions, beatings, and humiliation of men they presume to be gay or bisexual, Human Rights Watch said today. The new abuses…

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ADDED ON: 04/23/2019

Chechnya: Islam + tribal honor = danger for gays

In Chechnya, traditional leaders feel threatened by society’s free access to information online, by empowered and independent women, and by the very existence of queer people. The complex and challenging situation with…

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ADDED ON: 04/20/2019

Russian LGBT activists arrested in St.Petersburg Day of Silence protest

A group of Russian LGBT+ activists have been arrested in St. Petersburg during an annual “Day of Silence” protest for sex and gender equality. Some 11 people were detained by police on…

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ADDED ON: 04/18/2019

Russia transgender woman wins case in rare win for LGBT rights

When Anastasia, a Russian transgender woman, took her employer to court for firing her after a gender reassignment operation, she did not expect to win. "I knew the chances were slim, I…

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ADDED ON: 04/16/2019

Gay hunters: How criminal gangs lure men on dating apps before extorting cash and beating them

It was supposed to be a harmless liaison, starting as it sometimes did: an attractive profile on a gay site, a few messages about nothing much at all, an exchange of photos,…

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