From the messages that were received through the hotline of the Russian LGBT Network ([email protected]) organized to provide help to LGBT people in Chechnya. The messages were received on March 29 – April 2. All the stories are published with the consent of the informants. 


The Russian LGBT Networks is highly disturbed and concerned about the information on the kidnapping and killing of people in Chechnya because of their sexual orientation. We are also outraged by the reaction of the officials of the Chechen Republic, who in fact justify the killings.  No national and/or religious traditions and norms can justify kidnapping or killing of a human being. Any references to “traditions” to justify kidnappings and killings are amoral and criminal. 


On March 16, the administrators of the LGBT community page “SQueer. We refuse to be invisible” in the social network “VKontakte” sent a complaint to the human rights ombudsperson Tatiana Moskal’kova. In their complaint Maxim Talyaiev and Andrey Nasonov say that the group was created with a view to “establish a stable society based on respect for human rights and tolerance to each other” and that it didn’t contain any forbidden information. The complainants also say that the public was denied access to the group’s internet page on the grounds of a subjective opinion of the prosecutor the city of Bryansk, who took legal action taking the case to court and there were no expert inquiry or opinion provided in the case.


The pre-sessional working group of the regular session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) met in Geneva on 27 February, 2017. Representatives of the Russian LGBT Network and other human rights organizations participated in the meeting. The Russian LGBT Network consisting of an independent alliance of LGBT activists presented its report on the discrimination of LGBT persons in the workplace. Additionally, an oral statement was given about LGBT teachers being fired from their jobs.


On February 18, the participants of the winter LGBT festival “Light of the East” were detained by the police for several hours. The police and unknown individuals accompanying them unlawfully held and searched the participants. 




The Russian LGBT Network submitted its annual report "Discrimination Monitoring based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in 2016" to the office of the Russian Ombudsperson. The report was compiled on the basis of data obtained as a result of an online survey for the members of LGBT community. Three thousand five hundreds seventy-nine (3 579) people participated in the survey. 


In the end of January, a group of Russian LGBT organizations and initiative groups submitted the List of issues related to the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and men who have sex with men to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The List of issues was prepared by the coalition of civil society organizations, including Moscow LGBT Initiative Group “Stimul”, NGO “Phoenix PLUS”, Russian LGBT Network, Transgender Legal Defense Project and “Coming Out” LGBT Group. 


Queer-Peace, a member of the Russian LGBT Network, has conducted a study on the rights of LGBTQIA people with disabilities. The authors of the study concluded that there are at least 650 000 of gays and lesbians with disabilities in Russia. These people are most often subject to multiple discrimination, both as representatives of LGBT and as physically challenged.



The Ministry of the Interior of the Dagestan Republic reacted to the claim filed by the LGBT activist Alexander Sidorov last month. The response consisted of only one paragraph: “The results of the undertaken investigation do not confirm the facts described in the complaint”.



Alexander Sidorov, an LGBT activist beaten for the organization of the one-person picket in Makhachkala, filed a claim to the General Prosecutor Office. In this claim he requested for the official inspection of the local police officers who detained him and who didn’t react to the fact of beating.