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LGBTI Rights in Russia


ADDED ON: 07/21/2019

Bisexual Man Tortured After Finding Evidence of Anti-Gay Purge

A bisexual Russian man who has since fled to a safe country was subjected to torture because he attempted to find evidence of the anti-LGBTQ purge happening in Chechnya, according to Gay…

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ADDED ON: 07/17/2019

Europe’s rights court rules against Russia in LGBT case

Europe's rights court on Tuesday ruled against Russia over its refusal to register three associations, saying it was "unacceptable" to do so simply because they were defending LGBT rights. But one individual…

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ADDED ON: 07/04/2019

Is lesbian kiss in Crimean play ‘gay propaganda’?

A play in Crimea has created a stir on Russian social media after a video clip emerged of a scene which featured women kissing. The production was staged by the Gogol School…

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ADDED ON: 06/23/2019

Struggle among progress as countries restrict LGBTQ rights

The world has been transformed in many ways in the 50 years since the uprising at the Stonewall Inn, with major shifts in the past decade alone on every continent. Same-sex marriage…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2019

Legalising homosexuality: Germany did it 25 years ago – what about other European countries?

This week Germany celebrated legalising homosexuality twenty-five years ago. Until June 11, 1994, it was still considered a crime in Germany even though since 1969 homosexuals were no longer prosecuted for “fornication”.…

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ADDED ON: 06/12/2019

How L.G.B.T. Couples in Russia Decide Whether to Leave the Country

In March, a member of the Russian senate asked the prosecutor general to look into the issue of yoga in pretrial detention. Yoga classes, organized on the recommendation of human-rights activists, had…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2019

‘If nothing changes, I’ll kill myself’: The horrific plight of LGBT+ asylum seekers in Russia

“Russia is the last place I wanted to end up,” says Ahmet, 25. “But I don’t have a choice – it is either this or death.” Ahmet, originally from Gaza, was never…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2019

Men raid Russian activist’s home, threaten to kill people helping LGBTI Chechens escape

A group of seven unknown men raided a Russian activist’s home in St Petersburg last week (17 May). The activist, who wishes to remain anonymous, works as a volunteer for the Russian…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2019

Russian Files Chechnya ‘Gay Purge’ Complaint With European Rights Court

A gay Russian man who says he was abducted and tortured by police in Chechnya has filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) after Russian investigators refused to…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2019

Almost one in three Russians would disown a gay friend, study finds

A new poll of Russians has revealed a complicated picture of homophobia — falling slightly, but from exceptionally high levels. The Levada Centre study, published on Thursday, indicated that more than half…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2019

Russian Support for LGBT Rights Hits 14-Year High, Poll Says

Nearly half of Russians support equal rights for members of the LGBT community, marking the highest level of support in 14 years, according to the independent Levada Center pollster. Since Russia banned…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2019

Russian LGBTIs risk arrest by holding public vigil for gay Holocaust victims

In an act of brave defiance, a group of LGBTI Russians commemorated the gay victims of the Nazi Holocaust. Leading LGBTI activist Petr Voskresenskii secretly planned the event in St Petersburg held…

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