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LGBT Rights in Russia


ADDED ON: 12/01/2018

Bulgarian Choreographer Captures Chechnya Refugee Experience

Kosta Karakashyan is a talented artist devoted to social justice and LGBT rights. The New York choreographer is fighting for the vulnerable in the hostile region of the Russian Federation. He intends…

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ADDED ON: 11/30/2018

Russia risks HIV epidemic as cases rise – experts

Russia and some former Soviet Union countries risk developing out-of-control HIV epidemics, experts said on Wednesday, after data showed a record number of new cases last year. Most new cases in the…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2018

Russian Police Reportedly Confiscated a Schoolkid’s Painting of Same-sex Couples Made for a UN International Day of Tolerance

Police in Russia reportedly confiscated 17 pictures painted by school kids for a UN "International Day of Tolerance," one of which showed people of the same sex together. Police went to School 155 in…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2018

Gay man refused justice after torture in Chechnya concentration camp

A gay man is speaking out after suffering torture in a Chechnya concentration camp. Maxim Lapunov was one of the first victims of the ‘gay purge‘ in March 2017. Unknown thugs grabbed…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2018

European court: Russia’s ban on LGBT rallies violates rights

The European Court of Human Rights issued a fresh rebuke to the Kremlin on Tuesday, ruling that Russia’s continued ban on LGBT rallies is discriminatory and represents a violation of human rights.…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2018

Meet Russia’s gay priest: “The church should reach out”

It’s a warm afternoon in St. Petersburg, a crowd of shoppers fills the streets of Nevskiy Prospekt, the city’s main shopping street. None of the passersby seem to have ever heard of…

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ADDED ON: 11/20/2018

Russia: LGBT Conference Attacked, Disrupted

A prominent Russian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) support group had to cancel an annual Inclusive Family conference in Moscow after homophobic threats and an attack with pepper spray, Human Rights Watch said…

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ADDED ON: 11/14/2018

Is Poland About to Issue a Russian-style ‘gay propaganda’ Ban?

Polish president Andrzej Duda has said he would consider issuing a Russian-style “gay propaganda” law that would ban LGBTQ media, literature, and gatherings like Pride. The authoritarian leader told a reporter, “I think that…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

LGBTI Refugees Explain Why They Fled to the US

Over the past year, LGBT+ refugees have faced a two-pronged attack from the Trump administration’s hardline immigration stances and regressive policies on LGBT+ rights. After fleeing their homes to seek a new…

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ADDED ON: 11/01/2018

Russian Teenager Prosecuted under ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law Has Conviction Overturned

A 16-year-old from Russia, who was found guilty in August under the country’s “gay propaganda” law for posting pictures of men online, has had his conviction overturned. Maxim Neverov, a schoolboy from…

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ADDED ON: 10/26/2018

Anti-gay Russian MP Reported Hostage Situation to Shut down LGBT Film Festival, Organisers Claim

The architect of Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law turned up at an LGBT+ film festival and physically blocked the entrance in an attempt to shut it down. Vitaly Milonov, a lawmaker in President…

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ADDED ON: 10/26/2018

Russian Activists Raise Funds for LGBT Family Conference: ‘We want to be a part of the discussion’

A group of activists in Russia is looking to raise €12,000 (£10,600) to finance an annual conference aimed at supporting the LGBT+ community and same-sex families in particular. The LGBTQIA Family Conference,…

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