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14 August 2016

Wife of Russian Politician Demands All Issues of Liberal Newspaper Destroyed

Novaya Gazeta newspaper, one of the last remaining liberal voices in Russia is once again under attack, this time from Igor Sechin, one of the most powerful men in Russia, a close friend of Vladimir Putin and the CEO of the world’s fifth biggest oil and gas company Rosneft. Sechin is suing the publisher for defamation after the newspaper printed an investigation into his alleged ownership of one of the world’s most expensive yachts. Read More

12 August 2016

First Pride Parade Outside of Kiev Goes Ahead Despite Threats

Close to one hundred LGBTQ activists marched in the Black Sea port city Odessa in a first ever pride parade to take place outside of the capital Kiev. The march was preceded by threats of violence from nationalist groups prompting local authorities to ban the event on security grounds. But activists who took to the streets anyways on the morning of the march reached an agreement with the police and hundreds of police officers were deployed to protect them. Read More

8 August 2016

First Openly Gay Minister Appointed in Serbia

Serbia has become the first country in the Balkans to have an openly gay minister. The appointment of 40-year-old Ana Brnabic as Minister of Public Administration and Local Government was controversial in a country where homophobia is widespread and Pride marches were banned for four consecutive years after a violent attack on activists in 2010. Read More

8 August 2016

Russian Culture Ministry Finances Research Into ‘Derusificating Technology’

The non-profit organization “Institute of Legislation and Regulatory Development” won a government grant to research “derussificating technology” and other ways “Russophobia” can be generated. The Russian Culture Ministry issued a 1.75-million-ruble ($27,000) prize to study “Russophobia” to the Institute which is led by Stepan Sulakshin, an advisor to Vladimir Yakunin when Yakunin was the Russian Railways chief. Read More

28 July 2016

A Rare Legal Victory for a Gay Woman in Siberia

A district court in Novosibirsk fined a carpentry workshop for refusing to hire a woman on the grounds that she is a lesbian. The woman, Anna Balash, went to court in Russia’s third largest city after she applied for a sales manager position twice at Sib-Alliance. After she was turned down from the position, Balash noticed that four months later the job was still vacant. When she applied a second time, the employer provided Balash with a written explanation of their refusal. Read More

26 July 2016

Riga’s Mayor Fined for Posting in Russian on Social Media

The mayor of Riga Nils Usakovs was fined by Latvia’s State Language Center for publishing information in Russian on the city council’s social media accounts. On his Facebook page, where more than 75,000 users follow him, Usakovs said he only learned about the fine from reporters. In the post he also recommended that the State Language Center, which enforces national language laws regulating the use of Latvian, focus on other issues such as what to call Pokemons in Latvian. “That’s about all it’s good for,” Usakovs wrote. Read More

18 July 2016

Pokemon Go Poses a Threat to the Value of Human Identity, Says the Russian Orthodox Church

Along with all other computer games, Pokemon Go can be potentially addictive and threaten an individual’s freedom announced the Russian Orthodox Church’s spokesperson. The spokesperson identified what he called “the threat of a person transforming from a free being to a personage from a video game.” Read More

10 July 2016

Russian Orthodox Church Says ‘No’ to 260-Foot Statue of Christ

After being rejected by Sochi, artist Zurab Tsereteli’s statue of Jesus Christ was turned down by the Russian Orthodox Church Diocese in St. Petersburg. “Installing this type of gigantic statue is not Orthodox tradition,” said a spokesperson from the dioceses to RIA Novisti. The statue was cast in a factory in St. Petersburg in 2013 and has yet to find a permanent location. Read More

10 July 2016

Law Banning the ‘Exploitation of Interest in Sex’ in Advertisement Introduced in Russian Duma

The proposed bill states that advertisement should not “exploit” interest in sex or sexual functions. Oleg Mikheev, a Duma Deputy from the A Just Russia Party introduced the bill and commented that exploiting sex “deteriorates morals.” He charged advertisement for products such as perfume, chewing gum, and cars with using stimulating images of woman. “Thanks to advertising, these products today are almost considered sexual stimulants, which of course, they are not,” Mikheev said. Read More

8 July 2016

American Pastor Supportive of LGBT Rights Deported From Russia

James Mulcahy of the Metropolitan Community Church was charged with violating his tourist visa and ordered to leave Russia. The 72-year-old pastor was found guilty of engaging in religious activities in a Samara court after he was detained on Saturday at the local LGBT community center Avers. Several people, including one police man and two camera men, arrived the center and brought Mulcahy to a local police station. Read More

6 July 2016

Moscow Police Fail to Respond to Call After a Handicapped Man Was Attacked at a Gay Club

A patron at Moscow’s gay club Secret was attacked by a bouncer inside the club. He was first nearly denied entry at the club and was told to leave his wheelchair outside. Then after the man’s friend carried him inside, another guard, yelling “handicapped people are parasites,” punched the 23-year-old. Read More

3 July 2016

Russian Patriarch Says Child Corporal Punishment Is Compatible with Church Teaching

The Russian Orthodox Church called for the removal of criminal statutes against parents who use “reasonable and moderate” physical punishment while raising children. The statement came in response to a new amendment Vladimir Putin signed Read More

27 June 2016

LGBT Road-bike Group Crosses Russian-Finnish Border Despite Bomb Threat

A group of Russian LGBT sportsmen on their way to the EuroGames in Helsinki crossed the border into Finland the same day an anonymous phone call was placed from Siberia threatening to bomb the border. The male on the phone called a local police station in the Siberian city Omsk, apparently under the impression that he was calling Vyborg, a city located 1,600 miles away on the Russian border with Finland. Read More

26 June 2016

Food Products that are ‘Ecological’ and ‘Safe’ May Soon Qualify for ‘Orthodox Standard’ Certification

A representative from Russia’s Civic Chamber Alexander Slevak addressed a proposal to Patriarch Kirill to form a counsel, mainly consisting of clergymen, that would certify certain food products as “Orthodox.” Read More

20 June 2016

Two Russian Nationals Arrested for Plotting ISIS Attack on Istanbul Gay Parade

Istanbul security services arrested two males from Dagestan on June 21 after being suspected of plotting a terrorist attack on the city’s Trans Pride Parade. On June 17, Security Services in Istanbul raided the apartments of suspected members of ISIS, confiscating suicide vests, seizing ISIS documents and detaining a Turkish national along with the two Russian males. Read More

20 June 2016

Russian Media Suggests Joe Cox’s Death A Conspiracy, Compare to Nemtsov’s Murder

Channel 1 implied that Joe Cox’s murder was organized in time for the Brexit vote to sway public opinion in favor of “Remain.” “Any unexpected incident could affect the vote,” begins the TV report. John Laughland, the director of a Paris-based think tank with alleged ties to Russian money, was a guest on the program and pointed out the alleged hypocrisy of the British press not raising the same accusations against the British government that were raised against the Kremlin after Boris Nemtsov’s murder in February 2015. Read More

12 June 2016

Russia Reacts to Orlando

In the aftermath of the biggest shooting on U.S. soil, Vladimir Putin was quick to reach out to Obama in a message calling the terrorist attack “barbaric.” Prime Minister Medvedev sent a telegram to his counterpart Joe Biden Read More

16 May 2016

Hate Fest in Tbilisi

May 17 is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia and the day when a tiny LGBT community in Tbilisi, Georgia marks anniversary of 2013 violent crackdown on its members. But this year, Tbilisi chose to host The World Congress of Families, the world’s largest pro-traditional family, anti-LGBT symposium. Read More

18 March 2016

Far-Right Groups Shouting “Kill” Shut Down Ukrainian LGBT Festival

An LGBT festival in the Ukrainian city of Lviv on March 19 was cancelled after the venue was surrounded by about 200 members of far-right groups shouting “Kill, kill, kill”. Ukrainian human rights activists reported that at least two festival guests were severely beaten by a group of young men in Lviv over the weekend, and many others, they said, were threatened and intimidated. Read More

7 March 2016

Georgia moves to adopt a constitutional definition of heterosexual marriage

The government of Georgia wants to change the country's constitution to specify that marriage is a union between men and women. A spontaneous movement for this constitutional change was first born last year in reaction to the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. Now the Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has announced a campaign for the constitutional change. Read More

22 February 2016

New Russian institute would provide care for “gender identity disorders”

The Russian health ministry proposed the creation for a new Institute of Sexology, which would 'provide care for mental and behavioral disorders' including 'gender identity disorders, sexual preference disorders, psychological and behavioral disorders which could cause family disharmony and pedophilia.' Their work is to include 'counseling and preventative work' with teens. Read More