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08.08.2018

Yesterday, on August 7, a teenager from Biysk (Altai Krai) Maxim Neverov was found guilty of “propaganda of homosexuality among minors” and fined 50 000 rubles for publishing pictures in the social network “VKontakte”. The Commission on Minors and the Protection of Minors’ Rights considered the case, the Russian LGBT Network provided a lawyer for Maxim Neverov. It is highly possible that special attention of the law enforcement agencies was caused by the performance “Gays or Putin” that attracted a lot of public attention this May. 

31.07.2018

The European Court of Human Rights has sent case materials to the lawyer of LGBT activist Dmitry Chizhevsky to assist his case, one that has proven difficult for a number of years because Russian law enforcement agencies did not give her access to the relevant materials. According to these materials, it turns out that the investigation considered a case where, in fact, it was the LGBT activists themselves who shot Chizhevsky in the eye, in order to attract media attention, despite the fact that the notorious Timur Isaac confessed during the interrogation that he possessed photos on his tablet of the activist, and he himself owns an air gun.

25.07.2018

On 24th July, Russian LGBT Network submitted its alternate report to the UN Committee Against Torture. The report is devoted to detailing the mass persecution of LGBT people in the Chechen Republic, information about which surfaced in the spring of last year. Despite the fact that this campaign, organised by the authorities, affected hundreds of people, the Russian Federation still denies not only the persecution, but also the very existence of LGBT people in Chechnya.

16.07.2018

On July 13, in St. Petersburg there was an attempt to kidnap a native of Chechnya Zelimkhan Akhmadov. According to the information received, his father can be involved as well as unknown people who spoke Chechen language among themselves. At least one of the perpetrators possessed an ID of the law enforcement officer. 

29.06.2018

On June 27, PACE adopted a resolution where it called on Russia to conduct an effective investigation of persecution of LGBT in the Chechen Republic or to allow it to be conducted by an international human rights organization. Starting from April 1, 2017, the Russian LGBT Network was making every effort to urge the Russian authorities to investigate kidnappings, illegal imprisonment, tortures and even killings of LGBT people in Chechnya. The investigation took place, and the Russian side in Geneva voiced the official results a month ago: “There are no LGBT people in Chechnya”. 

28.06.2018

On June 26, the Russian LGBT Network sent an alternative report on Russia's implementation of the provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment to the UN Committee against Torture.

25.06.2018

The report on LGBT discrimination in education was presented On May 21 at the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights by the Coordinator of Monitoring Programs and International Advocacy. The report was prepared based on the policy brief submitted to the Human Rights Council in March 2017.

 

25.06.2018

Samarian activist Yevdokia Romanova filed a complaint with the ECHR after being fined for "propaganda" posts made on social media. The lawyers stated that by imposing an administrative fine the state had infringed on the activist’s freedom of expression and violated articles 10 and 14 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

16.05.2018

As Interfax reported, on May 14, the Russian Justices Minister commented on the persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya organized by local authorities. During his presentation of the Russian official report at the UPR session in Geneva, Alexander Konovalov said that “Conducted checks, including using information provided by media, which had initially sent a signal on such violations, failed to confirm not only the existence of facts of violations of these rights, we were unable to find even members of the LGBT community in Chechnya". "Please help us do that, - find them," he added.

04.04.2018

On April 3, a press conference “Persecution of LGBT in Chechnya. A year after” took place in Moscow. At the press conference, the co-founder of the Russian LGBT Network Igor Kochetkov and Novaya Gazeta’s special correspondent Elena Milashina explained what happened during the year passed, and shared the results of the conducted pre-investigation check. 

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