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.


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.


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.


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). 


The Russian LGBT Network publish thecomments on the 2014 Annual Report of the Ombudsperson of the Russian Federation. Among other things, in this Report Ella Pamfilova mentioned that “there are no mass violations of the rights of LGBT”. The comments were presented to Ella Pamfilova in the end of May (together with Discrimination Monitoring Report of the Russian LGBT Network). 


On July 13, Alexander Yermoshkin, a prominent LGBT activist, arrived to New York. In his interview he told us how the show “Special Reporter. Toxic Export” was shot and why he decided to leave Russia.



On May 17, various events devoted to the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia took place all over the world. In Russia, Rainbow flashmobs and other events took place in 16 cities - in Arkhangelsk, Voronezh, Ekaterinburg, Krasnodar, Moscow, Nakhodka, Novosibirsk, Murmansk, Samara, St. Petersburg, Omsk, Perm, Tolyatti, Tomsk, Tyumen and Khabarovsk. Most rallies took place without serious incidents.


As we reported earlier, on April 13, unknown people attacked the office of the Murmansk LGBT organization “Maximum”. As a result, two people were injured. On May 13, one of the survivors, LGBT-activists Violetta Grudina, received an order to dismiss criminal complaint. What is important, the decision was made despite the fact that the results of the forensic investigation findings are not ready yet. 


On May 17, various events devoted to the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia will take place all over the world. In Russia various events devoted to May 17 will be organized by most regional branches and collective members of the Russian LGBT Network. It means that the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia will be celebrated in Archangelsk, Voronezh, Yekaterinburg, Krasnodar, Murmansk, Syktyvkar, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Perm, Tomsk, Samara and Tyumen. In Moscow the Rainbow flashmob will be organized by the “Rainbow association”, and in St. Petersburg – by the LGBT initiative group “Coming Out”. 


Interregional non-governmental human rights organization “Russian LGBT-Network”, and LGBT-Initiative group “Coming Out” hereby present for consideration this Commentary for the General Comment on the Rights of Adolescents, featuring violations of adolescents’ rights on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity from the end of 2014 till the end of March of 2015.