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12.08.2019

The research conducted by the Russian LGBT Network at the end of 2018, fully describes the situation with LGBT rights in Russia. More than 80% of the respondents stated that they could reveal information about their sexual orientation and gender identity only to their friends. Every tenth respondent experienced physical abuse. More than a half reported about at least one violation of their rights in 2018.

07.08.2019

Five Russian LGBT organizations and groups (Russian LGBT Network, Alliance of heterosexuals and LGBT for equality, “Coming Out” LGBT group, LGBT group “Stimul”, International LGBT film festival “Side by Side”) and crowdfunding platform All Out teamed up to counteract the homophobic project “Saw” together. The coalition launched a petition demanding to establish who is behind the project calling for violence and killings of homosexual, bisexual and transgender people in Russia. The coalition also calls for a thorough investigation into the murder of civic activist Elena Grigorieva.

10.07.2019

On July 1st an LGBT activist Alexander Yubors (Salnikov) was charged with spreading “propaganda of homosexuality among minors”. Based on police officers’ and so-called “Center against extremism” actions, originally, they had been gathering information to prosecute Alexander for organizing an illegal march. However, on June 28, he was stopped on the street and handed a subpoena to appear before Department of the Ministry of Interior Affairs of the Kirovskiy district of Yaroslavl to draw up a protocol under article 6.21 of the Administrative Code (“propaganda of non-traditional homosexual relations”).

05.07.2019

At the end of June, Saint Petersburg Court confirmed that police inaction on the reported crime by Igor Kochetkov was illegal and urged the Ministry of Internal Affairs to eliminate the violations. In January 2019, a video was posted online showing Ali Bashanov threatening Igor Kochetkov and insulting LGBT people. Igor Kochetkov went to seek the assistance of law enforcement agencies, but he was told to call 02 or 112. 

03.07.2019

ECHR communicated the case of the attack on a member of “Alliance of Heterosexuals for LGBT Equality”  Vasiliy Ivanov on May 28th. The complaint was filed in November 2014, and the assault took place in June 2012. One of the attackers was found guilty and sentenced to 5 months of correctional labor, but the court didn’t take into account the motive of hatred. “The punishment could’ve been much more serious if the motive of hatred was taken into account in Russia”, a lawyer Maria Kozlovskaya points out. 

03.06.2019

Russian film company Central Partnership cut gay sex and kisses and some drug related scenes from the biopic Rocketman with Elton John. They also cut the final subtitles and introduced new ones, silencing the fact that Elton John has a husband and children. The Russian LGBT Network is appalled by this act of censorship and calls to boycott the censored version. 

29.05.2019

On May 24, the representatives of Maxim Lapunov who was tortured in the Chechen prison filed a complaint to the European Court on human Rights. As it is stated in the complaint, the Russian authorities failed to protect him from tortures and unlawful detention, and violated four articles of the European Convention on Human Rights: prohibition of torture (article 3), right to liberty and security (article 5), right to respect of private and family rights (article 8), and prohibition of discrimination (article 14). 

24.05.2019

On May 17, seven unknown people broke into the apartment of the Hotline volunteer of the Russian LGBT Network. They searched an apartment, and made threats to bodily harm and to kill the volunteer. According to the perpetrators, they looked for the Emergency program coordinator David Isteev and a Chechen woman who left home. Isteev and the volunteer reported to the police. 

08.04.2019

On April 1, 2017, Novaya Gazeta published the first material about the abduction, torture and murder of LGBT people in Chechnya. Thanks to the work of the Russian LGBT Network, the international community has recognized the mass persecution of LGBT people organized by the Chechen authorities. Russia continues to deny both the existence and mass persecution of homosexual, bisexual and transgender people in the Chechen Republic. The most significant dates concerning the persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya are listed below.

02.04.2019

Two years ago, in April 2017, information about mass kidnappings, tortures and killings of LGBT people in Chechnya appeared in the mass media for the first time. Since that time, the Russian LGBT Network and its partners made every effort to attract public attention to this problem and to stop violence. However, despite all the efforts, persecution of LGBT in Chechnya continues. The Russian Federation keeps denying both the fact of persecution and mere existence of LGBT in Chechnya. 

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