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LGBTI Rights in Russia


ADDED ON: 11/20/2018

Russia: LGBT Conference Attacked, Disrupted

A prominent Russian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) support group had to cancel an annual Inclusive Family conference in Moscow after homophobic threats and an attack with pepper spray, Human Rights Watch said…

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ADDED ON: 11/14/2018

Is Poland About to Issue a Russian-style ‘gay propaganda’ Ban?

Polish president Andrzej Duda has said he would consider issuing a Russian-style “gay propaganda” law that would ban LGBTQ media, literature, and gatherings like Pride. The authoritarian leader told a reporter, “I think that…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

LGBTI Refugees Explain Why They Fled to the US

Over the past year, LGBT+ refugees have faced a two-pronged attack from the Trump administration’s hardline immigration stances and regressive policies on LGBT+ rights. After fleeing their homes to seek a new…

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ADDED ON: 11/01/2018

Russian Teenager Prosecuted under ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law Has Conviction Overturned

A 16-year-old from Russia, who was found guilty in August under the country’s “gay propaganda” law for posting pictures of men online, has had his conviction overturned. Maxim Neverov, a schoolboy from…

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ADDED ON: 10/26/2018

Anti-gay Russian MP Reported Hostage Situation to Shut down LGBT Film Festival, Organisers Claim

The architect of Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law turned up at an LGBT+ film festival and physically blocked the entrance in an attempt to shut it down. Vitaly Milonov, a lawmaker in President…

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ADDED ON: 10/26/2018

Russian Activists Raise Funds for LGBT Family Conference: ‘We want to be a part of the discussion’

A group of activists in Russia is looking to raise €12,000 (£10,600) to finance an annual conference aimed at supporting the LGBT+ community and same-sex families in particular. The LGBTQIA Family Conference,…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2018

How Russia Drove Crimea’s LGBTI Community Underground

The buxom drag queen hikes up her sequined emerald gown and reaches into the crowd to pull a man onto a makeshift stage. “Stand there, handsome,” she says and then coaxes two…

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ADDED ON: 10/02/2018

Fleeing Anti-Gay Persecution in Chechnya, Three Young Women Are Now Stuck in Place

It begins as the most ordinary of stories and ends with three women who are trapped in a small apartment in a country I can’t name. If they are found here, they will…

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ADDED ON: 09/26/2018

Survivors Seek Justice as Chechnya LGBTI Purge Remains Un-investigated

In the summer of 2017, Zelim Bakaev flew home to his native Chechnya from Moscow, where he was building a career as a pop singer and model. Bakaev, according to his friends,…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2018

“It’s Not a Sin:” Russian Police Crack Down On ‘Blasphemy’ Memes But Ignore Homophobic Hate Speech

Authorities in Russia have ignored complaints of violent anti-LGBTQ speech, while simultaneously moving to prosecute individuals who post memes deemed offensive to Christianity. LGBTQ activists in the country have complained to police…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2018

Russian Police Won’t Protect Gay People from Violent Threats

Russian police are refusing to investigate extreme homophobic hate speech—because they claim gay people are not a valid social group. Anna Plyusnina, who is a legal adviser at Yekaterinburg LGBTI Resource Centre, alerted…

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ADDED ON: 09/16/2018

Christian Right Looking to Putin’s Russia to Save Christianity from the Godless West

At a gathering of some of the world’s most virulent opponents of LGBT equality, Russian conservative activist Dmitry Komov warned of the destructive agenda underlying the spread of liberal values. The West,…

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