Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, refused to meet with representatives of a coalition of Russian LGBT organizations during his Sochi visit, offering a meeting in Lausanne instead. LGBT activists in Russia see this decision as yet another indicator that the Sochi Olympics are far from being a platform to uphold and promote the Olympic values.


Maria Kozlovskaya, lawyer of the Russian LGBT Network, was attacked at the court house in Saint Petersburg. Area 201 justice’s court has investigated today the case of an attack against LGBT activists on 12 June 2012. A young man with his face covered with a scarf assaulted Maria by throwing chicken eggs at her. Two eggs hit her head. Such provocations already took place during sittings at the court house some time ago. Hate acts near the court house ceased after the judge’s reprimand to the accused. As evidenced by the released video of the accident, the act was planned by the 'backup team' of the accused.


During the ordinary OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting a special event titled Time to Intensely Protect Human Rights Defenders in OSCE Area! was held. It was organized by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), World Organization Against Torture within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, Front Line Defenders international foundation for human rights defenders’ protection, and Human Rights House Network.


GENEVA, today – The official delegation of Russia announced their willingness to take all required measures to prevent homophobic hate crimes and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation at the 24th UN Human Rights Council. However, they dismissed the recommendations to abolish the so called ‘propaganda of homosexualism’ laws. All such obligations will be fulfilled by Russian authorities during the next four years.


In the afternoon September 6, the US President Barack Obama met with Russian human rights defenders in St. Petersburg. This meeting was held as part of the US President’s visit to Russia for G20 summit. Mr Igor Kochetkov, Chair of the Russian LGBT Network, participated in this meeting with the US head.


In light of the recently enacted Russian law on ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors’ that renders illegal statements and actions that acknowledge LGBT equality and in response to the growing violence against LGBT people and allies in Russia, the upcoming Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi have already become a subject of an international debate both over the impact of this context on the athletes, spectators, staff, and volunteers of the Games and over compliance of the Sochi Games with the Olympic values of diversity and non-discrimination.


On Monday the 22th, four Dutch activists – a filming crew led by Kris van den Veen from the Dutch organization “LGBT Groningen” – were supposed to face the Lenin regional court in Murmansk, Russia. They had been in Russia for about a week to film for a documentary on LGBT rights. In Murmansk, they were participating in the forum “Youth for Human Rights Camp” that took place on the 20th and 21st of July. The forum was disrupted by the police and representatives of the Russian Federal Migration Service, who raided the place to question the Dutch activists. The filming crew was detained, and police records were written against them for violating visa regulations and for “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors”.


Six LGBT activists have been detained at the State Children's Library in Moscow. The detention took place after the activist Aleksey Davidov stood in front of the library building with a banner where there was written that "Being Gay is Normal". The manifestation was dedicated to the Russian law banning propaganda of "non-traditional sexual relationships" among the under-aged. The law came into force on the 29th of June this year.


Yesterday, on the 10th of July, the judges of the Dzerzhinsk regional court studied the recent case of the arrested at Gay Pride in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. There are still about 20 cases that are to be studied by other courts.


Today, a list of problems and questions was published that the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child aims to discuss with the representatives of Russia, related to the next review of the report on how Russia fulfils the Convention of the Rights of the Child.