Today the Russian LGBT Network published an open letter to the Prosecutor of Khabarovsk Kray Vitaly Kaplunov with the request to pay utmost attention to the case of attack on LGBT activist Alexander Ermoshkin. The copies of the letter were also sent to the Ombudsperson of the Russian Federation Ella Pamfilova and Ombudsperson of Khabarovsk Kray Yury Berezutskiy. The attack on Alexander Ermoshkin took place in Khabarovsk on May 17, 2015. Despite of the testimonies of six witnesses and video with a clear picture of perpetrator’s face, the investigators stated that they did not manage to identify the offender. Moreover, the investigation was suspended. 


Yesterday one of the Murmansk Magistrate courts found the former head of the LGBT organization “Maximum” Sergey Alekseenko guilty of “propaganda of homosexuality among minors” through internet. Alekseenko was also fined with 100 000 rubles (approximately 1 200 euro). 


On January 13, the Altai Territory Court upheld the ruling about blocking the first page of the project “Children-404” on the Russian social network Vkontakte. And the very next day, the Central District Court of Barnaul declined to consider another claim that has been filed against the new page of the Children-404 project. The founder of the project Lena Klimova says that the decision of the territory court will be appealed, and the project will continue its work anyway.



In summer 2015 a new theatre project began in St. Petersburg – Beautiful Friends. A team of creatively minded people are staging a performance about silence, love and HIV. It will be a physical performance, with absolutely no dialogue, symbolising the silence which society is struck by when confronted by issues ranging from the LGBT community to HIV. The creators of the project, however, have something to say, and they are not going to remain silent. This is where the idea for the performance came from, and very soon audience members in St. Petersburg, with other cities in Russia and abroad to follow, will be able to see the outcome of this very contemporary project.


The Russian LGBT Network publish thecomments on the 2014 Annual Report of the Ombudsperson of the Russian Federation. Among other things, in this Report Ella Pamfilova mentioned that “there are no mass violations of the rights of LGBT”. The comments were presented to Ella Pamfilova in the end of May (together with Discrimination Monitoring Report of the Russian LGBT Network). 


On December 15, 2014, the Ministry of Justice included Arkhangelsk regional non-governmental organization “Rakurs” (a collective member of the Russian LGBT Network) in the register of “foreign agents”.