Every tenth LGBT person in Russia comes across physical abuse

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.

7 476 people from all parts of Russia took part in the survey conducted at the end of 2018. The report “Monitoring of discrimination motivated by sexual orientation and gender identity in 2018” is based on the results of this survey and the materials of the monitoring programme, and contains information about physical abuse, tortures, discrimination at work place, violation of parental rights and so-called “propaganda law”.

The report confirms that every tenth member of LGBT community experienced physical abuse. The results show that abusers are often well-known people, which affects the number of reports to the police. The research also confirms a very low level of trust towards the state institutions: 74% of participants would rather avoid involvement of the police due to the lack of trust in law-enforcement bodies, 66% - partly or wholly mistrust Russian courts.

The victims of physical attacks note that their reports are often ignored by the police officers. In 2018, out of 55 recorded cases of physical abuse only in 14 cases victims reported to the police. Quantitative survey shows similar trend – 203 participants who suffered physical abuse have reported that while defending their rights they have experienced abuse by the police. Only 31 people stated that their interaction with the police was positive.

Besides the annual quantitative research, based on the results of the online survey, the monitoring team of the Russian LGBT Network document cases of hate crimes, discrimination and violations of rights of LGBT people. In 2018, the Russian LGBT Network documented 456 such cases. Detailed research data for 2018 and 2019 will be published at the beginning of 2020.