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09.10.2017

On September 23-24th 2017, a conference was held in Moscow titled ‘Family Therapy in the Modern Field’, during which a psychologist of the Russian LGBT Network, Maria Subanayeva, conducted a workshop, ‘Working with LGBT+ clients’, for her colleagues.

 

18.09.2017

At the end of August, the coalition of Russian LGBT organisations submitted a report on the LGBT situation in Russia, to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR). The report details topics such as discrimination in the workplace, hate crimes targeting certain sexual orientations and gender identities, discrimination against transgender individuals, and the lack of HIV prevention programs in gay and transgender communities. The report was prepared by a coalition of five Russian non-governmental organisations, namely Russian LGBT Network, LGBT Group “Coming Out”, the Transgender Legal Defense Project, NGO “Phoenix Plus”, and the Moscow LGBT-Initiative group “Stimul”.

14.09.2017

At the end of July, Elena Klimova, the founder of the project "Children-404", supporting LGBT teenagers, filed a third complaint with ECHR. At the instigation of the Barnaul prosecutor's office, the information posted on the project's website was banned by the court decision from dissemination in Russia. Having applied to all legal authorities to no avail, including the Supreme Court of Russia, Klimova appealed to ECHR.

05.09.2017

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.

21.08.2017

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.

13.08.2017

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. 

07.08.2017

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.

07.08.2017

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. 

03.08.2017

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.  

03.08.2017

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.

 

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