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LGBTI Rights in Russia


ADDED ON: 07/14/2021

Russia: European Court of Human Rights rules ban on same-sex unions violates human rights

Reacting to the news that the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russia is in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights by not providing same-sex unions with the…

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ADDED ON: 07/07/2021

European Court Upholds Russian Transgender Woman’s Right to Family Life

In a victory for a transgender parent’s right to maintain contact with her children, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on July 6 that Russia’s denial of her visitation violated her…

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ADDED ON: 07/06/2021

Russian retailer apologizes for lesbian couple in ad

MOSCOW, July 5 – A high-end Russian food retailer has angered both gay rights campaigners and opponents by running and then apologizing for an ad that included a profile of a family…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2021

Russian Food Retailer Defies ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law With LGBT Family-Featuring Ad

Russian organic food retailer VkusVill has featured an LGBT family in its new promotional material this week, defying the country’s law against “gay propaganda toward minors.” As part of a series of…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2021

Russian Band Releases Pro-LGBT Video

Russian band Sansara on Tuesday released a pro-LGBT video for their single "We Will Become Better." The video is about "two people who love each other but forbid themselves because of societal…

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Egor Teryannikov and Ruslan Savolainen — QueerFest, Russia

This year, St. Petersburg will host the 13th edition of QueerFest, a cultural festival that raises issues of human rights, identities, gender, and sexuality. I spoke with Egor Teryannikov and Ruslan Savolainen…

Alla Chikinda — Resource Center for LGBT, Russia

Alla Chikinda is the PR and Communications Manager at the Resource Center for LGBT [people] in Yekaterinburg, Russia, an organization with the mission to create a respecting, friendly, and accepting environment for…

ADDED ON: 06/22/2021

‘We’re not hiding’: Gay and lesbian Russians say a cultural shift is underway

When Lisa Androshina threw her first lesbian party in Moscow in 2017, she had low expectations. “We wanted to just gather with our friends and just listen to cool music,” Androshina, 34,…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2021

St. Petersburg prosecutors drop claim on blocking the Russian LGBT Network’s website

The St. Petersburg Central District Prosecutor’s Office has withdrawn a claim seeking to block the website of the advocacy group Russian LGBT Network, due to a lack of evidence of “LGBT propaganda”…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2021

Russia suggests that Disney is denying “family values” over Pixar film with gay character

The Walt Disney Company has been put on notice by communications regulators in Russia over a short film that is available on the conglomerate’s Disney Plus streaming service. According to a letter…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2021

Russian LGBT Activist On Trial For ‘Pornography’ Launches Hunger Strike

A Russian LGBT activist and artist has declared a hunger strike to protest the proceedings of her closed-door trial on pornography charges. Yulia Tsvetkova's trial began on April 12 after a nearly…

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Herman Gaibe — T9 NSK, Russia

Herman Gaibe is the project manager of T9 NSK, an initiative in Novosibirsk, Russia that aims to increase the acceptance of transgender people in society and, eventually, to create a network of…