ADDED ON: 09/20/2018

Russian Police Won’t Protect Gay People from Violent Threats

09/19/2018 | Pink News

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 the police to extremist messages posted online advocating violent attacks on gay people. However, a report on Russian-language website Znak, translated by Meduza, alleges that anti-extremism police officers told her no action would be taken because the messages were “not addressed to any group of people on the grounds of ethnic, racial, religious, or social identity.”

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