22% of hate crimes in Russia are committed against LGBT

OSCE published data on hate crimes in Russia for 2014. It turned out, that 73 cases out of 336 monitored – are hate crimes against gays, lesbians, and bisexual and transgender people.

On the page, devoted to hate crimes in Russia, ODIHR points out to the fact that “the Russian Federation has not periodically reported reliable information and statistics on hate crimes” and that last time Russia reported hate crimes data in 2008.

Many human rights organization including the Russian LGBT Network, regularly provide information on monitored hate crimes to the OSCE. In 2015, the Russian LGBT Network and St. Petersburg LGBT Initiative Group Coming Out prepared joint report. It contains description of 46 hate crimes against LGBT, including 15 attacks committed by homophobic groups (“Occupy Pedophilia” and their followers).

As the coordinator of the monitoring program Elena Flegontova of the Russian LGBT Network put it, “these numbers are only the top of the iceberg; the majority of LGBT people in Russia do not report on hate crimes. Only few of them turn to our lawyers and psychologists for help, even less people agree to file their cases for the monitoring program. The very few report to the police. We can only assume what are the real numbers concerning violence and xenophobia in Russia. Together with the lack of trust to the law enforcement agencies, these are huge problems”.

Civil society information/Overview of incidents reported by civil society

Bias Motivation

Attacks Against People

Attacks Against Property

Violent Attacks

Threats

 

Racism and xenophobia

142

2

29

Bias against Roma and Sinti

4

0

0

Anti-Semitism

1

0

17

Bias against Muslims

2

1

14

Bias against Christians and members of other religions

22

0

29

Bias against LGBT people

61

8

4

Total

232

11

93

Grand Total

336

 

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