Russian LGBT Discrimination Monitor

by Margret Satterwaite


A concert by Polish blackened death metal band Behemoth, initially planned to be held in Vladivostok on Wednesday, was cancelled under pressure from "the Orthodox activists" and the local Department of Culture. A concert in Khabarovsk was cancelled on the same grounds. 


 Following an uproar on the Russian official Channel 1 and across the Russian-speaking Internet caused by Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst, notorious Russian homophobe legislator Vitaly Milonov has been going non-stop about the "obvious transvestite and hermaphrodite Conchita Wurst on the same stage as Russian singers on live television being blatant propaganda of homosexuality and spiritual decay".


The Khabarovsk city authorities have authorised the annual "Rainbow Flash Mob", which will become part of The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

The organiser of the event, well-known LGBT activist and former school teacher Alexander Yermoshkin says he has been receiving threats in connection with the planned event. He has requested from the city authorities to provide medical aid to the participants in case of attacks.


Participants in today's rally of LGBT activistis & anarchists came under attack from several 'Orthodox' gangs.  Some of the attackers were armed with knives

For once the police proved to be rather efficient and promptly reacted, arresting the attackers.                                      


The first run of "Children 404", a film about the trials and tribulations in the lives of LGBT teens in Russia, was interrupted on Wednesday night, April 23, at Moscow's ArtPlay centre by a gang of aggressive Orthodox thugs and a police squad armed with rifles.