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16.07.2020

On July 14, a draft bill was submitted to the State Duma to "Amend the Family Code of the Russian Federation with the aim of strengthening the family institution". The Board of the Russian LGBT Network considers this draft bill discriminatory, violating the principle of equality of all individuals under the law and going against the spirit of the Constitution. The Board of the Russian LGBT Network is calling upon the Russian civil society and all acting LGBT+ rights organizations and advocacy groups to unite and oppose the changes together. 

06.07.2020

On 1st June 2020, internet blogger Vladimir Goryanov (known to fans as Volodya XXL) was found guilty of inciting hatred and enmity towards a group identity. The court imposed an administrative fine of 10,000 rubles. The court acknowledged that the phrases “I believe that gays are the scum of society” and “They need to be protected from the outside world”, both used by Goryanov, signify linguistic and psychological intent to degrade and humiliate the dignity of a group of people united on the basis of sexual preference.

06.07.2020

Twelve human rights organisations have prepared an alternative report on the state of human rights in Russia for the UN Human Rights Committee. The report is divided into eleven sections and highlights a wide range of problems faced in Russia, ranging from violations of LGBT rights in the North Caucasus, to domestic violence. 

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01.04.2018

A year has passed since the publication of first testimonies of LGBT people that faced persecution in Chechnya based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. However the unlawful detentions, humiliation and torture of LGBT people in Northern Caucasus persist. We demand that the inquiry is resumed by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation and that the investigation of the crimes against humanity, whose survivors were the citizens of the Russian Federation based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, is thorough.

31.01.2018

The Russian LGBT Network confirms that Pavel Stotsko and Evgeny Voytsekhovsky had to leave the Russian Federation because of the pressure and unlawful actions of the Russian law enforcement agencies. Pavel and Evgeniy did not expect such an outcome, and it was real threat to their freedom and security that forced them to leave. 

18.01.2018

On Tuesday, January 16, 2017, the Head of the Chechen Republic, Mr. Ramzan Kadyrov, during the course of his council with the representatives of the Ministry of Domestic Affairs and the representatives of the Administration of the Federal Service of the Troops of the National Guard, made an official statement. He raised questions about the disappearance of Zelimkhan Bakaev, about the work of Human Rights Defenders in the republic, and about the arrest of Oiub Tetiev. During his speech, Kadyrov claimed that it is likely that Bakaev's relatives forced him to return home and "figured it out" themselves. He also said that Bakaev's relatives are now trying to shift responsibility to Kadyrov himself. The Head of the Chechen Republic claimed that he has nothing to do with Zelimkhan's disappearance. 

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