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31.01.2018

The Russian LGBT Network confirms that Pavel Stotsko and Evgeny Voytsekhovsky had to leave the Russian Federation because of the pressure and unlawful actions of the Russian law enforcement agencies. Pavel and Evgeniy did not expect such an outcome, and it was real threat to their freedom and security that forced them to leave. 

31.01.2018

On March 15, the Russian LGBT Network received unconfirmed evidences suggesting a massive campaign against the LGBT community in Chechnya.  On March 29, we opened the hotline [email protected], which operates around the clock. Due to the enormous support of the organizations and individuals all around the world, we were able to save 106 people from Chechnya and to help 88 of them to leave the country. In 2018, detentions and torture of homosexual people in Chechnya continue.  People in trouble still contacting us, and we are doing our best to help them. Now, we ran out of the funds needed to keep on evacuating. 

18.01.2018

On Tuesday, January 16, 2017, the Head of the Chechen Republic, Mr. Ramzan Kadyrov, during the course of his council with the representatives of the Ministry of Domestic Affairs and the representatives of the Administration of the Federal Service of the Troops of the National Guard, made an official statement. He raised questions about the disappearance of Zelimkhan Bakaev, about the work of Human Rights Defenders in the republic, and about the arrest of Oiub Tetiev. During his speech, Kadyrov claimed that it is likely that Bakaev's relatives forced him to return home and "figured it out" themselves. He also said that Bakaev's relatives are now trying to shift responsibility to Kadyrov himself. The Head of the Chechen Republic claimed that he has nothing to do with Zelimkhan's disappearance. 

20.12.2017

Across Europe and Central Asia, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people are regularly denied the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, association and democratic participation. Hate speech is prevalent, in the media and propagated by politicians. Meanwhile censorship and impunity for frequent acts of violence against LGBT people enable an environment in which LGBT people are marginalized and silenced, preventing them from speaking up against hatred.

20.12.2017

Few days ago, the team of the Russian LGBT Network was named as 2017’s Hero of the Year by All Out, one of biggest organizations promoting and supporting human rights of LGBT people all over the world. The team of the Network was chosen as a result of the open competition, thousands of All Out members voted. The Russian LGBT Network was named the Hero of the Year for the evacuating those at risk of violence and persecution in Chechnya because of the mass campaign organized by the local authorities.

15.12.2017

The European Court of Human Rights has communicated several complaints of LGBT activists who suffered from the homophobic attacks in May and June 2012 and in October and January 2013, all of the attacks as one case. The court raised questions whether the local authorities respected their obligation to prevent the ill-treatment of the applicants and whether the applicants were discriminated because of their sexual orientation. The court also asked questions whether the authorities provided for the applicants the freedom for a peaceful assembly and whether they did everything necessary to prevent the violence of homophobic adversaries of the activists.

08.12.2017

On December 5, the Prosecutor's Office of Tomsk sent a request to attend the Prosecutor’s Office to the head of the Russian LGBT Network’s regional. This so-called "invitation" was issued because of the movie screening of "Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine" hosted by the Network's Regional Division in Tomsk. 

29.11.2017

A round of seminars geared towards the discussion of LGBT and Trade Union Movement solidarity in the context of the project ‘Schools with trade unions’ concluded on the 28-29th October. Activists took part in two training sessions, the first - ‘Aspects of gender within communication’ - was led by Maria​ ​Sabunayeva​ (director of psychological services of the Russian LGBT Network), and the second topic, devoted to the topic of collaborative effort, was led by Evgeniy​ ​Pavlovsky​.

22.11.2017

Last month the form for the ‘certificate on sex change’, created by the Russian Ministry of Health, was released to the public to elicit response and discussion. Maxim Zavertyaev of the "Komaev and Partners" Bar Association, and lawyer for “Transformation”, the Transgender Association of Russia, explains the fundamental flaws of the proposed form, and the measures for improvement that need to be taken.

12.11.2017

Last month, renowned fitness trainer Alexander Bodymaster was crowned overall champion at the International Bodybuilding Competition for FtM! The competition was held in Atlanta from the 5th to the 7th October, as part of the annual TransFitnessConference. We met with Alexander and talked about what this victory means to him, and about transgender people in sports.

 

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