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.


Today Dzerzhinsky district court of Nizhniy Tagil overturned the decision of the magistrate, which found Elena Klimova guilty of “propaganda of homosexuality” and fined the creator of “Children-404”project 50 000 rubles (approximately 780 euro). 



On March 21, 2015, the first in the region community center “Volga” for LGBTQI and their friends was opened in Samara. It is a comfortable and welcoming space for meetings, seminars, trainings and other events. It is a place not only for LGBTQI community, but also for everyone, who need a space. 


On March 5 another one Russian LGBT organization was fined 300 000 rubles for refusing to accept the “foreign agent” label. The Center for social and psychological help and judicial aid for victims of discrimination and homophobia "Maximum" (collective member of the Russian LGBT Network) has been fined for carrying on their activities without registration as a foreign agent. 




On February 12, Arkhangelsk regional LGBT organization Rakurs has been fined 300 000 rubles for carrying on their activities without registration as a foreign agent. Rakurs will appeal that decision before a court.