Russia

LGBTI Rights in Russia


ADDED ON: 03/30/2020

Chechen Police Brandish Pipes in Coronavirus Street Patrols

Police officers armed with plastic pipes in Russia’s republic of Chechnya are patrolling the streets to observe compliance with the region’s coronavirus quarantine, Russian media reported this weekend. The majority Muslim region…

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ADDED ON: 03/25/2020

This lesbian artist faces six years jail for creating innocent pictures

A lesbian artist has spent months under house arrest and is facing fines and six years jail, just for publishing innocent images in Russia. Yulja Tsvetkova faces three separate trials. Under the…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2020

Moscow’s first queer dance festival challenges homophobia

In a dance studio tucked away off a Moscow side street, a couple dozen people are working on their tango. While the footwork is their focus, the dancers also have a wider…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2020

Russian LGBT activist faces porn trial for vagina drawings

Yulia Tsvetkova posted delicate drawings and embroidered images of vulvas on a social media page called "Vagina Monologues" that she hoped would help lift the taboo on women's bodies. Instead, the Russian…

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ADDED ON: 03/07/2020

‘I was waiting to die’: In Russia, HIV+ migrants fear death and deportation

Dilovar moved to Russia from Tajikistan a decade ago hoping for a better life but he contracted HIV and now lives with the threat of deportation and unable to access proper medical…

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ADDED ON: 03/04/2020

Putin Proposes Constitutional Ban on Gay Marriage

President Vladimir V. Putin has proposed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in what political analysts suggest is an effort to raise turnout for a constitutional referendum that could keep him in…

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ADDED ON: 02/29/2020

Chechen exile survives suspected assassination attempt after fighting off attacker

A prominent Chechen blogger and critic of the region's leader Ramzan Kadyrov has survived a suspected assassination attempt after fighting off a man he said attacked him in his apartment in Poland.…

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ADDED ON: 02/14/2020

‘There will be dad and mum’ Putin rules out Russia legalising gay marriage

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia would not legalise gay marriage as long as he was in the Kremlin. He made clear he would not allow the traditional notion of mother…

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ADDED ON: 02/08/2020

Russian Jury Acquits Gay Man’s Murder Suspect

A Moscow jury has acquitted a man accused of killing a gay man last year, the LGBT rights group Stimul reported Thursday. Security cameras captured 40-year-old Roman Yedalov’s stabbing death near central…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2020

Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes Up in Russia, Watchdog Says

The number of hate crimes against members of Russia’s LGBT community increased in 2019, according to an annual report by the prominent SOVA Center nonprofit, which tracks xenophobia and racism in the…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2020

Russian police threaten activist; she flees, wins asylum

An LGBT activist fled southern Russia for the Netherlands after facing threats of prosecution from law enforcement and retribution from conservative vigilantes, she said in an interview [Jan. 28]. Anna Dvornichenko has…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2020

New Documentary Cloaks Anonymous Sources in ‘Face Doubles’

In documentaries, anonymous sources have often been reduced to a shadowy, voice-distorted figure — or worse, a pixelated blur. But a new documentary premiering Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival has, with…

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