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LGBTI Rights in Russia


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The St. Petersburg Central District Prosecutor’s Office has withdrawn a claim seeking to block the website of the advocacy group Russian LGBT Network, due to a lack of evidence of “LGBT propaganda”…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

ADDED ON: 04/29/2021

Chechnya Grants State Protection to ‘Kidnapped’ Gay Men – Reports

Authorities in Russia’s republic of Chechnya have granted state protection to two gay men facing threats of familial “honor killings” after they were forcibly returned to their home region, the MBKh Media…

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ADDED ON: 04/28/2021

Russian Man On Pornography Charge For Sharing Rammstein Clip

A court in northwestern Russia is set to deliver its verdict on April 28 in the case against an activist accused of “distributing pornography” for sharing a video by the German rock…

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ADDED ON: 04/19/2021

German NGO files legal case against Chechen officials over anti-gay purges

Five officials from the inner circle of Chechnya’s autocratic leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, are the subject of a criminal complaint in Germany for crimes against humanity, in a legal attempt to seek justice…

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ADDED ON: 04/12/2021

Putin Officially Bans Same-Sex Marriage In Russia And Stops Transgender People Adopting

Russian president Vladimir Putin has put a ban on same-sex marriage and transgender adoptions, in a huge blow for LGBTQ+ rights. Putin officially changed the country’s constitution on a number of issues…

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ADDED ON: 04/09/2021

Russian LGBTQ asylum seekers stranded in Guam

Egor is a gay man who grew up in a village near Russia’s Ural Mountains. Military service in Russia is compulsory, and Egor was studying in the city of Nizhny Novgorod in…

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ADDED ON: 04/06/2021

Russia’s Top Documentary Fest Pulls Gay Chechen Film After Threats

Russia’s premier documentary film festival has pulled a movie about a gay MMA fighter from Chechnya from its lineup after receiving threats over it. "Silent Voice" tells the story of Khawaj, a…

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ADDED ON: 04/04/2021

Defiant Russian LGBT+ alliance silenced by authorities vows to ‘change this shameful reality’

An LGBT+ social media page followed by tens of thousands of queer Russians and allies blocked by authorities has vowed to continue fighting for equality. The Alliance of Straights and LGBT for…

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