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16.11.2015

The all-Russian Forum of LGBT activists took place in Moscow in November 7-9. 150 people from 26 cities of Russia participated. The Forum was organized by the Russian LGBT Network and became the space to share experience and communicate for various LGBT organizations, initiative groups and activists. The Forum demonstrated that despite the difficult situation with LGBT rights in Russia, the movement is alive, developing and gets stronger. 

29.10.2015

The Russian LGBT Network drew preliminary results of the survey on the violation of human rights and discrimination against LGBTQI+ in Russia. It turned out, that LGBTQI+ minors and young people are more likely to face sexual, physical and psychological violence and twice more often face problems with housing. 

21.10.2015

Recently, the Russian LGBT Network received the first answer to the question whether psychological associations believe that homosexuality is pathology. In his letter, EFPA President Telmo Mourinho Baptista confirmed that “both heterosexual behavior and homosexual behavior are scientifically seen as normal aspects of human sexuality”. EFPA President also pointed to the Meta-Code of Ethics, which all psychologists with the certificate EuroPsy must abide by. Including Lidia Matveeva, who prepared a highly controversial expert report regarding the case of Elena Klimova and “Children-404”. 

01.10.2015

Today the City Court of St. Petersburg closed a case against Elena Klimova and group Children-404 in the social network Vkontakte and thus overturned a judgment of the Oktyabrsky district court. Now the big decision is about to be taken in the court of Barnaul. 

29.09.2015

In September, the collective member of the Russian LGBT Network, Arkhangelsk LGBT organization "Rakurs", filed a complaint to the ECHR. The complaint is devoted to the so-called "law on foreign agents" and its implementation. According to the activists and lawyers, the law on foreign agents violates three articles of the European Convention on Human Rights at the same time:  freedom of expression, freedom of assemblies  and prohibition of discrimination.

02.09.2015

Today the Russian LGBT Network submitted the requests to three psychological associations: Russian Psychological Society, International Union of Psychological Science and European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations. The requests were devoted to associations' attitude towards “sexual orientation and gender identity, including various aspects of “norm” and “pathology”. The expert report in the proceedings against Elena Klimova and the group Children-404 prepared by the professor of the Moscow State University and member of the Russian Psychological Society became the ground for the requests.

26.08.2015

On August 17, the case of the assault on Dmitriy Chizhevsky who lost sight on one eye as a result of the attack on the community center LaSky in 2013, was submitted to the ECHR. Right after the assault, the criminal proceedings under the article 213 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism) were initiated. However, in October 2014 the proceedings were suspended due to the failure to establish a person liable to answer the charge. Neither survivor, nor advocates obtained access to the full materials on the course of the investigation.

24.08.2015

On July 25, a Round table titled “All people are different - all people are equal: interaction and cooperation in the struggle for equality” was held in St. Petersburg. The round table was organized by the Legal Service Center “Spartak” in collaboration with the Russian LGBT Network. The participants included representatives of LGBT movement as well as representatives of Russian Trade Unions.

21.08.2015

Another court hearing on the case against “Children-404” community in the social network VKontakte was held yesterday. The St. Petersburg City Court has decided to postpone the consideration of the case until October 1, 2015, referring to the fact that pending consideration of the merits of the case (the issue of a community blocking) needs to find out whether journalist Elena Klimova is an interested party in the case.

29.07.2015

On July 28, the Magistrates' Court of Nizhny Tagil once again found Yelena Klimova, a journalist and founder of Children-404 Project, guilty of violation of Article 6.21 ("Propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors") and imposed a fine of 50,000 rubles ($840). 

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