On September 5-7, a meeting of the Interregional Coordination Council (ICC) of the Russian LGBT Network took place in Moscow. Among other things, the results of the work in 2014 were summed up: in 2014, activists of the Russian LGBT Network organized 165 events devoted to the work with LGBT community and with the wider population to inform people about the problems of lesbians, gays and bisexual and transgender people in Russia. 


This summer the St. Petersburg project StopHate founded in the beginning of 2014 became the eighth Collective member of the Russian LGBT Network. The affiliation decision was made in June.


Recently the UN Human Rights Committee has published the list of questions to the Seventh Periodic Report submitted by the Russian Federation in November 2012. Many questions are devoted to the situation of LGBT community in Russia and especially to the case of the attack on LGBT activists in the community center LaSky in November 2013.


In February 2014, Russian LGBT-Network launched a new program to support the survivors of hate crimes against lesbians, gays, and bisexual and transgender people, and to LGBT activists suffered because of their activities. As a part of this program, the Network provides legal, psychological, financial and other kinds of help.


We have already reported about the professor of Northern (Arctic) Federal University (N(A)FU), Oleg Kluenkov, who was under the pressure because of his LGBT-activism. Today he was fired because of the alleged “absenteeism”.


For a long time Alexander Berezkin has been teaching sociology at Far Eastern Federal University. However, his critique of homophobic laws and active participation in the life of LGBT community provoked a wave of pressure and subsequent dismissal.


Two professors of Northern Federal University (NFU), Oleg Kluenkov and Tatiana Vinnichenko, who worked there for many years, are under pressure because of their LGBT activism.


In most Russian cities Rainbow flashmobs went quite well, and in St. Petersburg more then 150 people visited the event. However, during or because of the flashmobs the police detained activists from Moscow, Murmansk, Perm and Vladimir.


On May 17th different actions devoted to the International day against homophobia and transphobia took place all over Russia. In most places the demos were successful despite the fact that homophobic groups called on to prevent the events.


An alternative report was sent to the UN Human Rights Committee as an additional source of information to the 7th periodical report, submitted by Russian Federation (CCPR/C/RUS/7). The report was prepared by Kseniya Kirichenko, Legal Assistance Program Coordinator (LGBT Organization “Coming Out”) and Director of the Transgender Legal Defense Project (Rainbow Foundation), and Maria Kozlovskaya, Program Manager (Russian LGBT Network).