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12.08.2019

The research conducted by the Russian LGBT Network at the end of 2018, fully describes the situation with LGBT rights in Russia. More than 80% of the respondents stated that they could reveal information about their sexual orientation and gender identity only to their friends. Every tenth respondent experienced physical abuse. More than a half reported about at least one violation of their rights in 2018.

07.08.2019

Five Russian LGBT organizations and groups (Russian LGBT Network, Alliance of heterosexuals and LGBT for equality, “Coming Out” LGBT group, LGBT group “Stimul”, International LGBT film festival “Side by Side”) and crowdfunding platform All Out teamed up to counteract the homophobic project “Saw” together. The coalition launched a petition demanding to establish who is behind the project calling for violence and killings of homosexual, bisexual and transgender people in Russia. The coalition also calls for a thorough investigation into the murder of civic activist Elena Grigorieva.

10.07.2019

On July 1st an LGBT activist Alexander Yubors (Salnikov) was charged with spreading “propaganda of homosexuality among minors”. Based on police officers’ and so-called “Center against extremism” actions, originally, they had been gathering information to prosecute Alexander for organizing an illegal march. However, on June 28, he was stopped on the street and handed a subpoena to appear before Department of the Ministry of Interior Affairs of the Kirovskiy district of Yaroslavl to draw up a protocol under article 6.21 of the Administrative Code (“propaganda of non-traditional homosexual relations”).

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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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