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LGBTI Rights in Russia


ADDED ON: 01/29/2019

Londoners rally at Russian embassy demanding end to torture in Chechnya

The situation in Chechnya is urgent. That’s why nearly one hundred people flocked to a rally outside of the Russian embassy in London to call for an end to the persecution of gay men…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2019

Trump Administration Sits on Hands As Chechnya Disappears LGBT People

A violent crackdown on LGBT people in the Russian region of Chechnya has resulted in the arrest and torture of dozens of people so far. Advocates, attorneys, and activists say that the…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2019

In the deepness of Siberian closets

Until recently a flag, painted on the balustrade, contrasted the otherwise concrete-grey waterfront next to the Angara River, which trenches the city of Irkutsk into halves. Its rainbow colors attracted attention of…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2019

Activists Increase Efforts to Help LGBTI People Escape Chechnya Amid Ongoing Crisis

The Russian LGBT Network, which announced on January 14 that it had received word of a new wave of arrests and torture in the Russian republic of Chechnya, has begun facilitating the evacuation of…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2019

Activists say they are helping people flee new anti-gay purge in Chechnya

LGBT activists say they have begun helping people flee from the Russian republic of Chechnya amid what they claim is a new wave of detentions and torture targeting the gay community there. The LGBT Network, a…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2019

Russia website calls for ‘gay hunters’ to attack LGBTIs across the country

A website that gamified hunting gay men in Russia has been reactivated and is now calling for ‘gay hunters’ in several regions. In April 2018, Saw-inspired website пила (Russian for ‘saw’) came under fire as it…

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ADDED ON: 01/20/2019

Activists: Chechen Authorities Order Families to Kill LGBT Family Members

Russian campaigners have told The Daily Beast that Chechen authorities have ordered people to kill LGBT members of their own families, and have demanded ransoms for the release of detained LGBT relatives. According to reports, at least…

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ADDED ON: 01/17/2019

Chechnya Resumes its Anti-gay Purge

“Widespread detentions, torture and killings of gay people have resumed in Chechnya,” said Igor Kochetkov, program director for the Russian LGBT Network. He added, “Persecution of men and women suspected of being…

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ADDED ON: 01/15/2019

New details emerge about what one source calls an anti-LGBTQ ‘genocide’

On Friday, January 11, Novaya Gazeta reported that persecution of individuals thought to be LGBTQ has drastically increased since late December in the Russian republic of Chechnya. Since then, Meduza has received additional information from the…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2019

Reports surface of fresh anti-gay purge in Chechnya

Activists in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya are warning of a new gay purge even as Chelyabinsk celebrated a small victory. The Associated Press on Friday cited activist Igor Kochetkov as saying Chechnya…

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ADDED ON: 01/02/2019

Trump official plans to welcome anti-LGBT Russian politician Dmitry Rogozin

A senior Trump administration official has sparked concerns over a plan to waive sanctions against extremist Russian politician Dmitry Rogozin to allow him to visit the US. Politico reports that Jim Bridenstine, a former…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2018

Russian City Cancels K-Pop Film Amid Fear of ‘Korean Homosexuals’

A theater in the Russian city of Makhachkala canceled the premiere of the music documentary BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul after a social media campaign accused BTS, a K-Pop group whose members…

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