The Russian LGBT Network submitted the report "Discrimination and violence against LGBT people in Russia in 2015: the results of monitoring" to the Ombudsperson of the Russian Federation. The survey, conducted in 10 cities across the country, monitored and documented 284 cases of violence and discrimination. As it turned out, the main problems faced by homosexual, bisexual and transgender people in 2015 are physical violence, violations of labor rights, violation of the right to freedom of Assembly, violence in family relations and violation of parental rights.
Earlier, the Human Rights Ombudsperson stated that her Office does not receive any submissions devoted to LGBT rights violations. Indeed, the study shows that often LGBT survivors do not complain to law-enforcement agencies for fear of outing or humiliation by the police officers. According to the monitoring report, this fear is not unfounded. In 7% of reported cases have been occurred various types of abuse by law-enforcement authorities: refusal to register complains, psychological abuse, humiliation and unlawful detention.
Coordinator of the monitoring program Elena Flegontova says that this study is of great importance. "The work of the regional monitoring groups provides an opportunity to look beyond the context of the metropolis. The reality in which LGBT people live in small towns in Siberia, the Volga region, the Krasnodar region, not to mention the North Caucasus, which we, unfortunately, are not getting the information, different from the reality of St. Petersburg and Moscow. Moreover, it is not just that people are more likely to face violence or discrimination, but also the constant fear, secrecy and helplessness in front of arbitrariness ".
To remind, in May 2015, representatives of the Russian LGBT Network Tatiana Vinnichenko and Igor Kochetkov met Ella Pamfilova, and agreed to provide her with the results of the studies and surveys.