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LGBTI Rights in Russia


ADDED ON: 03/17/2022

LGBTQ refugees fleeing Ukraine draw on European network of allies to find housing, medical care

When Edward Reese, a queer activist who works with Kyiv Pride, decided to flee Ukraine on March 8, he knew it was going to be a long journey. After leaving his home…

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ADDED ON: 03/17/2022

Where Ukraine fits into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ‘culture war’

On February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine. It marks the latest chapter in Russian President Vladimir Putin's campaign against Ukraine, which began in earnest when Russia annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea in 2014. Putin…

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What Russia’s invasion means for LGBTI Ukrainians

On 24 February, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Since then, numerous cities have been under siege — including the capital, Kyiv — and more than two million…

ADDED ON: 03/07/2022

Russian Church Leader Appears to Blame Gay Pride Parades for Ukraine War

The head of Russia’s Orthodox Church appeared to blame liberal Western values — drawing particular attention to gay pride parades — for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in his Sunday sermon. President Vladimir Putin…

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ADDED ON: 03/07/2022

A message from a Russian LGBT+ activist

Working in human rights in Russia can give one a misleading sense of invincibility. Despite the dehumanising legislation and fact that the government sees enemies in its own citizens, human rights activists…

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ADDED ON: 03/05/2022

ABC’s James Longman on Russia Bringing Back the Iron Curtain

As Russian President Vladimir Putin presses hard on his invasion of Ukraine, the world is almost collectively turning against him, and that might be fine with Putin, who may be in the…

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ADDED ON: 03/04/2022

Queer Africans fleeing Ukraine face ‘grave danger’ even after reaching ‘so-called safe countries’

Queer African people fleeing Ukraine are facing “intersecting violence”, campaigners have warned. More than one million people have fled Ukraine since Russia declared war. However, not all refugees are being treated equally. There have been widespread reports of…

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ADDED ON: 03/04/2022

Will Russia bring its war on LGBTQ people to Ukraine?

Zi Faámelu wants to escape the war in Ukraine, but her identity will not let her. The 31-year-old singer, who is transgender, has a passport that says she is male, the sex assigned to…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2022

Four Ukraine LGBTQ activists attacked inside Kyiv office

An LGBTQ rights group in Ukraine on Tuesday said a group of “bandits” broke into their office in the country’s capital and attacked four activists who were inside. Nash Mir Coordinator Andriy…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2022

Russian soldiers captured after being found hiding in basement by Ukraine LGBT+ activists

Members of an LGBT+ organisation in Ukraine captured a group of Russian soldiers they found hiding in their offices. Viktor Pylypenko told Israeli newspaper The Israel Hayom that he and his group had the soldiers…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2022

Moroccan journalist supports Putin’s war on Ukraine praising homophobic stance of ‘Russian civilisation’

A Moroccan journalist is facing backlash from the gay community in the kingdom after he expressed support for Putin’s war on Ukraine, praising the Russian leader for his homophobic policies. Rachid Achachi, a…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2022

LGBT Ukrainians Fear They’re on Putin’s Kill List. Many Are Staying to Fight Anyway.

For years, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Ukraine have fought to be recognized as equal members of society. But now, as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion imperils Ukraine’s very existence—and…

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