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27.02.2020

LGBT activist from the Russian city of Khabarovsk is facing charges for distributing pornography. He was required to give a written undertaking to stay in the city before the investigation is over. Russian LGBT Network took up the case and provides attorney to Sergei.

 

31.01.2020

On January 29, 2020, following the proposal of Tony Kox (Netherlands, UEL), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE COE) passed the resolution returning full participation authority to the Russian delegation with 96 members voting in favor of the renewal of the mandate. The Parliamentary officials voted down the amendment pointing the unwillingness of the Russian authorities to investigate crimes committed against LGBT people in Russia, including crimes committed in the Chechen Republic.

21.01.2020

Aminat Lorsanova who was beaten and tortured at the Clinic for Conterminal Psychiatric Conditions in Grozny applied to the Investigative Committee. In her complaint, she points out that her sexual orientation and rejection of Islam became the reasons of tortures, and asks to initiate criminal proceedings against her parents, a person who tried to “expel evil spirits” and the personnel of the clinic. 

09.01.2020

On 14 November, the ECHR communicated the case of Maxim Lapunov, a victim in the mass persecution, organised by the Chechen authorities. The complaint was filed on 24 May 2019, regarding violations of four articles of the European Convention on Human Rights: article 3 (right to liberty and security of person), article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) and article 14 (prohibition of discrimination).

17.10.2019

The Russian LGBT Network appealed to the ECHR on behalf of Arbi Altemirov who fell victim to a mass campaign organized by the Chechen authorities against LGBT people. The appeal concerns violation of the article 2 (Right to life), article 3 (Prohibition of torture), article 5 (Right to liberty and security), article 13 (Right to an effective remedy), article 14 (Prohibition of discrimination) and article 34 (Individual applications) of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. This is the second appeal to the ECHR concerning persecution of LGBT in Chechnya.

03.10.2019

Yesterday we were informed that on September 30, one of the St. Petersburg’s courts decided to block the official group of the Russian LGBT Network in the social network "Vkontakte". The decision was issued after monitoring of the webpage of the group that revealed the presence of information, "which neglects family values, promotes nontraditional sexual relations and forms disrespect to parents and/or other family members". The Russian LGBT Network is going to appeal to the St.-Petersburg City Court.

25.09.2019

On September 23, the Director of the Russian LGBT Network Igor Kochetkov made an oral statement the 11th Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States in Warsaw. The statement was devoted to the persecution of LGBT+ in Chechnya.

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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