On June 8, an LGBT activist from Khabarovsk was found guilty of “a propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors”. A judge imposed an administrative penalty. The main evidence of the activist’s guilt was an expertise prepared by the office of the local Commissioner for Children’s rights. The activist refused legal assistance from the Russian LGBT Network just before the court hearing. 


In February 2019, Ivan Vasiliev * went to a court with a lawsuit against his ex-wife to limit her parents’ rights. The reason for the lawsuit was homosexuality of the eldest son of his ex-wife. The son lives separately from his mother, and does not hide his sexual orientation. According to a plaintiff, it violates children’s rights, safety, moral development, and health because the eldest son practices homosexual relations.


Today 10 human rights organizations appealed to PACE Rapporteur on human rights in the North Caucasus Frank Schwabe regarding public death threats to an investigative journalist made by the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov. 



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. 


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.


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.