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06.07.2020

On 1st June 2020, internet blogger Vladimir Goryanov (known to fans as Volodya XXL) was found guilty of inciting hatred and enmity towards a group identity. The court imposed an administrative fine of 10,000 rubles. The court acknowledged that the phrases “I believe that gays are the scum of society” and “They need to be protected from the outside world”, both used by Goryanov, signify linguistic and psychological intent to degrade and humiliate the dignity of a group of people united on the basis of sexual preference.

06.07.2020

Twelve human rights organisations have prepared an alternative report on the state of human rights in Russia for the UN Human Rights Committee. The report is divided into eleven sections and highlights a wide range of problems faced in Russia, ranging from violations of LGBT rights in the North Caucasus, to domestic violence. 

25.06.2020

LGBT activist and a human right defender Igor Kochetkov received a tax deduction on life insurance expenses for his spouse Kiril Fedorov. A lawyer of the Russian LGBT Network Alexander Belik remarks that this is the second time when Russian authorities recognize marriages between two men. “Their marriage was registered abroad. It was a similar situation as with Pavel Stotsko and Eugeniy Voihovetskiy. The state authorities followed all applicable laws.”

22.06.2020

Arman Hasanov and Bekzat Mukashev arrived in Moscow in February 2020. They fled from Kazakhstan because Bekzat’s parents did not want to accept that their son is homosexual. His parents used physical and psychological force towards him. The men asked Russian LGBT Network for help. 

21.06.2020

July 1st, Russian people will vote on the approval of series of changes in the constitution of the Russian Federation. Russian LGBT Network cannot stay aside from this topic, and it has to share an opinion about the current situation, even though LGBT Network is not able to participate and promote political agitations.

08.06.2020

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. 

05.06.2020

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.

21.04.2020

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. 

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.

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