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LGBTI Rights in Russia


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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ADDED ON: 04/03/2019

LGBT centre raided in Russia and volunteers detained inside

An LGBT+ centre in Russia has been raided for reportedly ‘conflating’ rules on ‘gay propaganda’. Officers arrived at Rakurs, a community centre based in Arkhangelsk, on March 28 and demanded to inspect…

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ADDED ON: 03/19/2019

Russian court jails top Chechen rights activist for 4 years

A Russian court on Monday sentenced a top Chechen rights activist to four years in a penal colony after a drugs trial that has drawn condemnation from international groups. Oyub Titiyev, head…

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ADDED ON: 03/17/2019

Authorities cancel activist youth festival in Russia’s Far East

An activist youth arts festival in Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Russian Far East has been cancelled after authorities raised concerns that it was promoting an LGBT agenda, apparently because of a play called…

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ADDED ON: 03/11/2019

Queer women in Russia’s North Caucasus ‘face sexual violence, forced marriage, and murder’

Queer women in Russia’s North Caucasus face attempts to ‘cure’ them, beatings, rape, forced marriages, and murder, according to a recent report interviewing a number of queer women from the region. While…

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ADDED ON: 03/07/2019

Chechnya’s Gay Purge: A Timeline of the Atrocities

The world has been aware for the last couple of years that LGBT people in Chechnya face arrest and persecution. But what exactly is happening in the region and why? Below are…

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ADDED ON: 03/01/2019

This is what it’s like to be tortured in a Chechnya gay concentration camp

LGBTI people have been kidnapped, tortured and killed inside concentration camps in Chechnya. The ‘purge’ was first revealed in 2016. Hundreds of men and women are suffering or have suffered inside these…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2019

Ten Exiled LGBTQ Activists Speak

“We want to give a voice to those, who are not heard, whose voice has been taken,” Ali Feruz says. “Because the story of every human is at the same time the…

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ADDED ON: 02/11/2019

Amnesty: Ukrainian Authorities ‘Slow To React’ To Attacks Against Journalists, Rights Advocates

Ukraine has failed to prevent or investigate “numerous” human rights violations committed last year against rights activists, political opponents, and ethnic minorities, according to Amnesty International. “2018 was marked by a sharp…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2019

Russian LGBT Network formally requests federal investigation on Chechnya amid death threats to director

The Russian LGBT Network has requested that Russia’s Federal Investigative Committee look into reports of renewed arrests, torture, and killings of those suspected of being LGBTQ in Chechnya, Mediazona reports. The Network has led…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2019

Londoners rally at Russian embassy demanding end to torture in Chechnya

The situation in Chechnya is urgent. That’s why nearly one hundred people flocked to a rally outside of the Russian embassy in London to call for an end to the persecution of gay men…

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