Novosibirsk Regional Court considered a complaint filed by Ltd “Sib-Alliance ”, and confirmed that discriminatory job refusal based on sexual orientation was unlawful. Anna Balash from Novosibirsk tried to get a job at “Sib-Alliance” twice, in October 2015 and February 2016. In both cases she was refused because of her “non-traditional sexual orientation”. 


On November 25, the final hearing on the parental rights of a trans* woman Pasha Kaptanovskaya took place in Moscow. Luberetskiy district court considered the claim to identify the mode of communication with a child, and declined to conduct a forensic psychiatric assessment as unnecessary. The assessment was supposed to define whether contacts with Pasha can harm her son. 


On November 20th, the Human Rights Council of St. Petersburg issued a statement in support of transgender people, dedicated to Transgender Memorial Day, and called on “governments and civil society to take all possible measures to eradicate crimes and discrimination based on gender identity.”



On November 3, the first Preconference for the representatives of the initiatives for trans* people and independent trans* activists took place in Moscow. 25 trans* activists from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Voronezh, Ekaterinburg, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Perm, Rostov-on-Done and Tyumen participated. The Preconference was organized as a part of the Annual Forum for LGBT Activists with the support of the Russian LGBT Network. 


From the 4th to the 7th of November in the Outer Moscow Region, the Second Annual Forum of LGBT Activists, which was organized by the Russian LGBT Network, was held. The Forum gathered around 250 activists from across all Russia and has become the biggest event of its kind in the country. 250 participants, 32 trainers, a few days of hard work, and, of course, a special space where each person can be themself!


On November 4, a gala evening dedicated to the tenth anniversary of the Russian LGBT Network was held at the Forum of LGBT Activists. On this evening, Igor Kochetkov, a member of the Russian LGBT Network Council, gave a speech.



The Kaluga Regional Court quashed the decision to block the project “Children-404”. LGBT teens on the social network “VKontakte” satisfied the complaint of Helena Klimova, the project’s founder.


Complaint to the ECHR made the police to inspect the crime scene one year and a half after the attack. After the complaint of Murmansk LGBT activist was registered at the ECHR, the police started another investigation.


“Monitoring report of discrimination and violence based on SOGI in Russia in 2015” conducted in 9 cites all across the country, monitored 284 cases of violence and discrimination. The report shows that the main problems the Russian LGBT community faced in 2015 were physical violence, violation of labor rights, interference with the right to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression, domestic violence and violation of parental rights.


Zheleznodorozhny district court of Novosibirsk declared that the refusal to employ homosexual woman on the ground of her sexual orientation to be illegal, and ruled to recover compensation for moral damages.