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LGBTI Rights in Russia


ADDED ON: 06/17/2022

Feminist and LGBT Rights Activist on Trial in Russia

A prosecutor has called for Russian activist Yulia Tsvetkova to serve three years and two months in prison during a closed trial over absurd “pornography” charges. The activist from Komsomolsk-on-Amur, in Russia’s…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2022

Russia Says Planning Domestic ‘Alternative’ to European Rights Court

Russia is developing a domestic alternative to Europe’s top human rights court, the head of the ​​Association of Russian Lawyers said Thursday. Russia has been outside the jurisdiction of the European Court for…

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ADDED ON: 05/30/2022

LGBTQ Ukrainians and Russians find solidarity in Berlin

Berlin, Germany – Having visited the German capital twice before, Polina Punegova, from the Russian port city of St Petersburg, had often told her Ukrainian partner Yulia Maznyk that she would love…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2022

Not even Russian bombs can silence queer Ukrainian journalist Maksym Eristavi

A queer Ukrainian journalist. A writer. A public speaker. A self-proclaimed bridge builder and “Russian colonialism storyteller-in-chief.” Maksym Eristavi was born to amplify voices! For only being in his 30s, Eristavi’s reputation as…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2022

French comedy on Russian homophobia filmed in Ukraine

"The Revenge of the Shiny Shrimps" follows an all-queer water polo team that lands in homophobic Russia. But the scenes had to be shot in Ukraine, before the war. The fictional water…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2022

Article: Russian Orthodox Church Under Threat Of EU Sanctions

The European Union is debating on imposing sanctions on Patriarch Kirill, the head of The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), also known as the Moscow Patriarchate, who leads about 100 million believers. The…

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ADDED ON: 05/06/2022

Trans Ukrainians being forced back into closet as cruel despot Putin’s bloodthirsty war rages on

LGBT+ Ukrainians have been living in fear and uncertainty ever since Russia launched its full scale invasion in February. Now, some are retreating into the closet in the face of anti-LGBT+ aggression, a prominent…

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ADDED ON: 04/28/2022

Russian court fines TikTok and Instagram for ‘gay propaganda’

The Tagansky Court of Moscow ruled Tuesday that social media platforms Instagram and TikTok were guilty of violating Russia’s law that bans discussions or information regarding LGBTQ people or community known as…

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ADDED ON: 04/27/2022

Russia Fines Meta for Spreading ‘LGBT Propaganda’ After Banning Facebook and Instagram.

Russian courts might have banned Facebook and Instagram access across the country just a month ago, but that’s not going to stop those same courts from fining them anyway. A Russian judge…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2022

Russian court dissolves St. Petersburg LGBTQ+ human rights group

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – Last week the Kuibyshevsky District Court in St. Petersburg ordered that LGBTQ+ Human Rights Charitable Foundation Sphere be liquidated. In February, Russia’s Justice Ministry filed a lawsuit seeking to…

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ADDED ON: 04/21/2022

The film Putin doesn’t want the world to see: Firebird, a gay love story about fighter pilots

Oleg Zagorodnii is sitting in the cafe he owns in Kyiv, beneath a brightly coloured painting of Aladdin smiling down from the wall behind. “It is just me now, no baristas,” says…

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ADDED ON: 04/17/2022

Russia Adds Prominent Journalists, LGBT Activists To Registry Of ‘Foreign Agents’

The Russian Justice Ministry has added several journalists, including some who have collaborated with RFE/RL, and two LGBT rights activists to its registry of foreign agents. Two prominent journalists -- Yury Dud,…

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