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05.07.2019

At the end of June, Saint Petersburg Court confirmed that police inaction on the reported crime by Igor Kochetkov was illegal and urged the Ministry of Internal Affairs to eliminate the violations. In January 2019, a video was posted online showing Ali Bashanov threatening Igor Kochetkov and insulting LGBT people. Igor Kochetkov went to seek the assistance of law enforcement agencies, but he was told to call 02 or 112. 

03.07.2019

ECHR communicated the case of the attack on a member of “Alliance of Heterosexuals for LGBT Equality”  Vasiliy Ivanov on May 28th. The complaint was filed in November 2014, and the assault took place in June 2012. One of the attackers was found guilty and sentenced to 5 months of correctional labor, but the court didn’t take into account the motive of hatred. “The punishment could’ve been much more serious if the motive of hatred was taken into account in Russia”, a lawyer Maria Kozlovskaya points out. 

03.06.2019

Russian film company Central Partnership cut gay sex and kisses and some drug related scenes from the biopic Rocketman with Elton John. They also cut the final subtitles and introduced new ones, silencing the fact that Elton John has a husband and children. The Russian LGBT Network is appalled by this act of censorship and calls to boycott the censored version. 

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28.06.2018

52 Russian and International human rights organizations (including the Russian LGBT Network) signed the statement about the fact that Russia jeopardize online freedoms all over the world. The representative of Article 19 delivered the Statement at the session of the UN Human Rights Council in Genève. 

04.06.2018

On May 19th, GENDERDOC-M organized the annual march of equality in Chișinău, under the campaign Fără Frică de Iubire(Without the fear to love). However, unlike the last years’ experience, the march that included approximately 350 participants was able to reach its destination without being attacked and evacuated halfway through the route. The Ministry of Interior provided all necessary protections for the participants and despite the aggressive outbursts of the counter-protestors, the Pride march was not exposed to any  violence.

02.04.2018

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. There are some things one can do to support the victims of the state-organized persecutions of LGBT in Chechnya.

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