Recently various media outlets published information on LGBT people who fled persecution in the Chechen Republic and found sanctuary in Canada. The Russian LGBT Network has warned its counterparts that revealing detailed information on the exact location of the victims might be harmful. Yet this information became available through multiple sources. The information, presented in the recent media coverage of the Chechnya crisis, was not approved by all the parties involved in the relocation of the victims.


In July 2017 the Pervomaiskii District Court dismissed Yulia Kudryashova's appeal against "SB-Eurasia" LLC, who refused to produce a gift shampoo with rainbow symbols on the label. The LLC in question officially stated that the reason behind their refusal was the so-called “anti-propaganda law”. However, the Court didn’t take into account the discriminatory underpinnings of the refusal when making its decision. Kudrayshova’s attorney filed a cassation appeal.


Yesterday, on the 12th of August 2017, LGBT-activist Anna Grabetskaya was detained at the Saint-Petersburg Pride Event. She was taken to the Police Station No. 78. Grabetskaya will remain in detention until the Monday, 14th of August when her case will be reviewed by the Court. Maria Kozlovskaya, Grabetskaya’s wife, said that unofficially the police stated that Anna is facing up to 10 days of detention. 


On August 4, Olga Sakhanova, a judge from the Pervomaiskii Court District of Omsk ruled in favor of LGBT-activist Edward Zavialov. Zavialov filed a case against unfair treatment and workplace discrimination, as he was denied hire because of his “feminine tone of voice and gestures” and because he is “too neat”. Activists were awarded RUR 30,000 based on the Court’s decision. Upon filing a case, Zavialov demanded a compensation of RUR 50,000 and requested for him to be hired. His second request was not satisfied.


The European Court of Human rights have communicated the complaint of Dmitry Chizevsky who partially lost his sight as a result of the attack on St. Petersburg community center LaSky in 2013. The complaint was filed on August 17, 2015. 


This week, the Russian LGBT Network and the Queer Peace initiative group submitted the List of issues related to the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons with disabilities in Russia to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This List of issues to be considered on September 4, at the autumn pre-session of the Committee. The report describes cases of intersectional discrimination LGBT with disabilities in Russia face, and indicates the typical spheres of human rights violations or restrictions.  


On August 1st, 2017, Basmanny Court of the city of Moscow ruled in favor of deportation of Ali Feruz to Uzbekistan. Feruz is a prominent journalist of the Novaya Gazeta. He was detained on the spot and moved to a facility designated for the foreigners, who await deportation.



“They said that I'm not a human, that I am nothing. That I should rather be a terrorist, than a fagot” - the Russian LGBT Network quotes one of the victims as it releases its first report on the anti-LGBT purges in the North Caucasus. The report is based on testimonies of 33 people from Chechnya who were persecuted, illegally detained, and tortured. In this report, the Russian LGBT Network reveals the factual timeline of this crime against humanity and disentangles the details of the LGBT persecution in Chechnya. Based on testimonial evidence, the report underscores the brutality of the tortures and the Chechen authorities’ involvement in criminal activities against LGBT people.


In May 2017, Edward Zavialov was denied a position of a sales assistant in Omsk-based LLC “Hardcore”. “Hardcore” issued an official document regarding this denial. The document states the following: “Your behavior (feminine tone of voice and gestures) and your appearance (excessive grooming and defiant clothing) suggest that you belong to the LGBT community. With your appearance, you promote non-traditional sexual relations.”


Over the last couple of months, the Russian LGBT Network has been using its best efforts to evacuate and support people who are persecuted in the Chechen Republic based on their sexuality. The Network also tries to make sure that the federal authorities initiate a transparent and effective investigation of persecution, unlawful detainments, tortures, and murders of homosexual people in Chechnya. Since the beginning of April, more than 120 people applied for emergency assistance through the hotline ([email protected]). More than 60 people were evacuated from the region; 27 found sanctuary outside of Russia.