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).


On April 11 LGBT activists from Samara organized a demo devoted to the Day of silence. A week later law enforcement officers started to chase LGBT-activists: as a result, one of the activists was accused of participation in the "unauthorized" demonstration, defiance and distribution of leaflets while using “camouflage”.


One month to go to the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia 2014 the call to world leaders to respect international law, which protects LGBT free expression, was issued by IFEX, Article 19 and the IDAHO Committee, and with the support of Amnesty International. More then 140 organizations already endorsed the call, and Russian LGBT-Network is among them.


As it was reported earlier, in the beginning of March Russian LGBT Network sent an official letter to the members of the Executive Committee of Hilton Worldwide. In this letter the discriminatory actions of the administration of Hilton Moscow were described. To remind, in the end of February, one day before the events planned by Russian LGBT Network at Hilton Moscow, the administration of the hotel unilaterally cancelled all the agreements and bookings without any official explanation. Despite of numerous requests, no written explanations were given.


The first Russian Open LGBT Games were held in Moscow from the 26th of February to the 2nd of March. In this event, organized by the federation of LGBT-Sports with the support of the coalition of the Russian LGBT Organizations, 330 athletes from eleven countries participated. From the very first day, organizers and participants were faced with attempts to disrupt the Games. Pressure was administered with the involvement of police forces, the Federal Migration Service and Moscow authorities.


Russian authorities' decision on possible military intervention in Ukraine is still not supported by any convincing evidence of the existence of serious threats to the Russian Federation or to the civilian population of Ukraine, which would require serious measures such as bringing of troops to the territory of a sovereign state. This decision caused a threat of an aggressive war.


The round table "Principles of the open dialogue regarding social and legal situation of LGBT people in Russia" took place on February 27 at the Sakharov's center in Moscow. For the first time ever LGBT activists, representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, politicians and other public figures met to discuss the problems of LGBT community in Russia. The event was initiated by the Russian LGBT Network.


Today Elena Klimova was acquitted by the Dzerzhinskii district court of Nizhni Tagil. Elena stated that she is “very happy about that, and grateful to Maria [Kozlovskaya, her lawyer] for her work. Its so good that sometimes common sense wins.”


Yesterday, on February 7th, LGBT activists were detained in Moscow and St. Petersburg. As it was known before, 4 human rights activists were arrested in St. Petersburg (the hearings are scheduled for today). Another 9 people were detained in Moscow later on for an attempt to sing the Russian anthem under the rainbow flags at the Red Square. Two volunteers of the Russian LGBT Network were among them. The detained activists were held in a cage, beaten and humiliated.