Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. In June Russia passed a law banning the distribution of information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT relationships to children. The law effectively legalizes discrimination based on sexual orientation. Its passage coincided with a ratcheting up of homophobic rhetoric in state media and an increase in homophobic violence around the country. All over Russia there has been an increase in attacks by vigilante groups and individuals against LGBT people in the past two years.
Russian Police Detain Gay-Rights Activists at May Day March
Russian LGBT Activist Charged With Pornography, Gay Propaganda - The Moscow Times
MOSCOW — Russian police arrested about 20 gay-rights protesters demonstrating on Monday in St Petersburg against the treatment of gay men in the southern Chechnya republic, one of the detained activists told Reuters. A Reuters cameraman saw police bundling several gay-rights activists into police cars at one location. The human rights group OVD-Info, which monitors police arrests, said about 17 had been detained. Western governments and human-rights activists have long criticized the Russian authorities for their treatment of gay people. Last month, Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that up to gay men were being held and tortured in "camps" in Chechnya. It said at least three of them had been killed. Chechnya's Moscow-backed president Ramzan Kadyrov denies that human rights are routinely abused in his republic and his spokesman has called Novaya's report "an absolute lie," saying there were no gay men in Chechnya to be persecuted.
Russian LGBT Pride Parade Finally Approved and Immediately Banned in Village of Seven People
Russian activists announced the first government-permitted Gay Pride march, but less than hours later, local officials said they would not let the event go ahead, even in a town with a population of only seven people. The initial announcement, made by one of the country's most famous LGBT rights activists, followed a series of bids from campaigners to hold a Pride event in Russia, this year. In response to an application for holding a Pride event in the city of Novoulyanovsk, the founder of Gay Russia, Nikolai Alekseev, said he received a letter instructing him the event could take place if he moved it outside the city.
Russian drag artist Yulianna Prosvirnina was revelling in the success of the buzzing gay and lesbian party she had organised in Moscow when a hooded mob burst into the venue. The law is seen by many as one in a series of moves by President Vladimir Putin to crack down on dissent, smother civil society, and draw closer to the Russian Orthodox Church, which has spoken out against homosexuality and is one of the most influential institutions in the country. Punishable by jail in the Soviet Union, homosexuality was decriminalised in , yet much of the LGBT community remains underground, and prejudice runs deep.