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LGBTI Rights in Russia


ADDED ON: 09/29/2022

Russians Are Fleeing Putin’s Draft. But in Georgia, Few Are Happy About a Fresh Influx

It’s not hard to understand why Nikolai Shushpan, who is gay, made the decision to become one of the thousands of Russians to flee to Georgia after President Vladimir Putin announced a…

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ADDED ON: 09/13/2022

Explainer: The facts about Russia’s expanded ‘gay propaganda’ law

Russia’s so-called ‘gay propaganda’ law has banned the promotion of “non-traditional sexual values” to under-18s since 2013. Now, the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, has introduced amendments that would…

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ADDED ON: 09/03/2022

Russian lawmakers propose doubling fines for ‘gay propaganda’ law

Russian lawmakers have introduced a proposal that would increase fines for individuals that violate the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ law. Back in 2013, Vladimir Putin signed the archaic legislation into law – which…

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ADDED ON: 08/01/2022

An interview with Emmie America: The defiant Russian fashion photographer and LGBTQ+ activist

In 2021, fashion photographer and activist, Emmie America, was detained and fined by Russian authorities, after organising a politically charged photo shoot in Moscow, where 25 participants dressed in police uniforms surrounded…

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ADDED ON: 08/01/2022

Fleeing War and Discrimination, LGBT Russians Find Refuge in South Caucasus

YEREVAN, Armenia — When tens of thousands of Russians fled the country this spring following the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine, many chose to resettle in Armenia and Georgia. But for LGBT Russians, their…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2022

Russia’s LGBT Community Braces For More Persecution As Duma Readies Stricter Propaganda Law

Anna Kosvinitseva is a web designer in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan who has been working mostly from home for the past few years. She says she has experienced numerous unpleasant…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2022

Double the risk for Russian tennis star speaking out on LGBTQ rights and war in Ukraine

Russia's top female tennis player, Daria "Dasha" Kasatkina, has done something no Russian athlete of her rank has done before — she came out. While seeing a professional athlete from Canada or the U.S. speaking openly about their…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2022

Top Russian tennis player Daria Kasatkina comes out as gay

Russia's highest ranked female tennis player came out as gay in an interview, while addressing rising homophobic attitudes in the country. Daria Kasatkina, currently ranked No. 12 in the world, told a…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2022

Yulia Tsvetkova: Russian LGBT activist acquitted of ‘porn’ charges

A prominent feminist and LGBT activist has been acquitted of controversial "pornography" charges in Russia. Yulia Tsvetkova, 29, was accused of distributing pornography and "LGBT propaganda" in 2019, and was facing a…

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ADDED ON: 07/15/2022

Brittney Griner’s story always transcended sport. She’s a real American trailblazer

The images of Brittney Griner from 15 April 2013 are striking. It was the night of the annual WNBA draft, and Griner was beaming from ear to ear. For months, everyone expected her…

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ADDED ON: 07/13/2022

Russian Anti-War Journalist Fined Under ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law.

Russian journalist Yury Dud was fined 120,000 rubles ($2,024) by a Moscow court Tuesday under a law that bans "propaganda" in support of gay relationships. Lefortovo district court said the 35-year-old was…

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ADDED ON: 07/12/2022

Russia proposes extending ‘gay propaganda’ law to all adults

Russian lawmakers have proposed extending a ban on the promotion of “non-traditional” sexual relationships among minors to now include adults as well, a senior legislator has said. Russia’s existing “gay propaganda” law,…

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