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LGBTI Rights in Russia


ADDED ON: 09/15/2018

Novichok Suspects: Gay Or Not Gay? That Is Russian State Media’s Question

“Living together is merrier and easier, it’s normal,” explained Ruslan Boshirov as he appeared to defend himself against the suggestion that he and fellow Novichok-poisoning suspect Aleksandr Petrov had slept in the…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

Chechnya Gay Purge’s Forgotten Lesbian and Transgender Victims

It has been more than a year since news emerged of a crisis unfolding in Chechnya. Hundreds of gay men were being abducted and held in makeshift prison camps, where they were…

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ADDED ON: 09/06/2018

‘AIDS Boy,’ ‘Dog,’ And ‘Disgrace To Society’: How Russia Greets Gay Men Seeking Asylum

In mid-July, a gay, HIV-positive foreigner arrived at an immigration office in Moscow seeking asylum in Russia. Unlike in his native Uzbekistan, where sex between men is punishable by up to three…

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ADDED ON: 09/03/2018

Apple Blocks the Gay Pride Watch Face in Russia

Russia continues to heavily discriminate against the LGBT community, and Apple has quietly complied and blocked its rainbow Gay Pride watch face for any Apple Watches linked to an iPhone with its…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

Russia’s First Gay Married Couple is Just Happy to Hold Hands in Public After Fleeing for Their Lives

Yevgeny Voitsekhovsky and Pavel Stotsko aren't just a married gay couple — they were the first married gay couple in Russia after their January marriage was officially recognized by a government official.…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

Minor Prosecuted Under Russia’s Propaganda Laws Wins Separate Appeal on ‘Gays or Putin’ Protest

As Maxim Neverov awaits appeal over his prosecution under Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws, he has already taken one major step toward justice. Last week the 16-year-old learned an appeals court in Altai Krai…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2018

Most Russians Think There’s a Secret LGBTI Group Trying to Undermine Their Society

A new study being pushed by the Kremlin proves that Russians are just as stupid as Americans. 63% of Russians believe “there is a group of people who are trying to destroy the…

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ADDED ON: 08/20/2018

Russian LGBT Pride Parade Finally Approved and Immediately Banned in Village of Seven People

Russian activists announced the first government-permitted Gay Pride march, but less than 24-hours later, local officials said they would not let the event go ahead, even in a town with a population of only…

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ADDED ON: 08/15/2018

‘Not Scared’: Russian Teen Charged under ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law Says He’ll Keep Protesting

Last week, Maxim Neverov, 16, became the first minor charged under Russia’s “gay propaganda” law. He told NBC News this will not stop his LGBTQ activism. Neverov has joined the growing crowd of…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2018

Teenager Becomes First Minor Prosecuted under Russia’s Anti-gay ‘propaganda’ Laws

A schoolboy has become the first minor to be prosecuted under Russia’s strict “gay propaganda” laws. Maxim Neverov, a 16-year-old from the city of Biysk, was reportedly fined £50,000 rubles (£580) by…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2018

Russian Ad Uses Homophobia to Get Out the Vote

An ad aimed at getting out the vote for Russia’s regional elections suggests that people who don’t vote are gay. The spot shows two men walking through a city, riding on a…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2018

Russia LGBT Activists Detained During St Petersburg Rally

Russian police have detained at least 25 LGBT rights activists during a protest in St Petersburg to promote the rights of sexual minorities. About 60 activists gathered at the main square in…

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