Russia, Europe

As of 2011, Russia has no criminal law directed at LGBT people and has refused to enact legislation to address discrimination or harassment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Public opinion about LGBT topics and people tends to be negative, although there is a visible LGBT community network, including nightclubs and political organizations. In 2010 anti-gay Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov was replaced by another homophobe Sergey Sobyanin who continues to refuse authorizating gay Pride events. As usual attempts to defy the ban and march in public (in 2011) degenerated into violent clashes with anti-gay protestors and as usual police failed to protect gay rights activists. Several were taken to jail but later released. Nevertheless GayRussia continues to resist against repression and inequality.


News & Reports:


Russia’s upper house approves ‘gay propaganda’ bill, will become law

Anyone who offends a religious believer could be sent to jail as the Senate also makes it illegal for foreign gay couples Russia’s upper house of parliament passed the nationwide ‘gay propaganda’ bill yesterday (26 June), leaving it to President Vladimir Putin who supports it to sign into law. The Senate approved the measure by… Read more »

Putin warns West not to interfere on ‘gay issues’ in Russia

Russian President says despite a ‘gay gag’ bill is set to become law, it does not infringe on the rights of LGBT people Vladimir Putin has warned Western countries not to interfere on Russia’s plan to ban ‘gay propaganda’. Speaking in Finland yesterday (25 June), the president said he does not instruct other countries on… Read more »

Labour MEP Michael Cashman: Putin’s ‘hate speech’ has resulted in the ‘barbaric killing’ of gay Russian men

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution condemning Russian MPs for passing a draconian homophobic censorship law, with Labour MEP Michael Cashman saying “hate speech” from President Putin and others has resulted in the “barbaric killing of gay men” Several violent homophobic killings have taken place in Russia since the start of 2013 – the… Read more »

Human rights groups condemn passage of Russian anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law

Human rights groups have heavily condemned the passage of a law yesterday through the Russian State Duma, which would ban “homosexual propaganda” across the country, as “outrageous and incredibly dangerous”. The Russian Duma gave final approval to a bill to ban “homosexual propaganda” to minors, and the media. Similar laws have already been passed regionally… Read more »

Why Is Russia So Homophobic?

Communist-era justifications for bigotry don’t make sense anymore. What’s behind lawmakers’ opposition to gays? The Russian Duma unanimously approved a law on Tuesday that prohibits the distribution of homosexual “propaganda” to minors. Holding gay pride events, speaking in defense of gay rights, or equating gay and heterosexual relationships can now result in fines of up… Read more »

Russian parliament passes bill that imposes fines for gay pride rallies, info sharing

Moscow – A bill that stigmatizes gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality won overwhelming approval Tuesday in Russia’s lower house of parliament. Hours before the State Duma passed the Kremlin-backed law in a 436-0 vote with one abstention, more than two dozen protesters were attacked by hundreds of anti-gay activists and… Read more »

Russia: LGBT film festival fined under ‘foreign agent’ laws

A Russian LGBT film festival has been targeted under “foreign agent” laws, and fined a substantial amount for allegedly failing to declare foreign funding, which organisers deny having received. The Bok o Bok (Side by Side) Festival, which originated in the city of St Petersburg, was established in 2007, and recently expanded to several other… Read more »

Nikolai Alekseev, gay Russian activist, attacked by masked skinheads

Three masked men attacked Nikolai Alekseev, who received minor injuries, as he was about to board a train leaving from Kostroma to Moscow, Russia Nikolai Alekseev, co-founder of Moscow Pride and GayRussia was attacked, as he was about to board a train in Kostroma heading for Moscow, Russia. Three skinheads dressed in black, wearing white… Read more »

Side by Side LGBT Film Festival: Guilty and Fined 12,500 Euros for Violating “Foreign Agents” Law, Russia

Saint Petersburg, Russia – Magistrates Court Judge Oleg Camaldinov took a mere 10 minutes of ‘deliberation’ to declare Side by Side LGBT Film Festival guilty for not registering as a ‘foreign agent’. The judge, even after defence lawyers had presented 4 hours of solid and incontrovertible argument, was not to be persuaded opting to side… Read more »

Russian villagers suspected of homophobic killing

(AFP) – Russian villagers are suspected of kicking and stabbing to death a neighbour in the remote far eastern region of Kamchatka because he was gay, investigators said Monday. Three men from the village of Zaporozhye allegedly killed a man last Wednesday because he “had a non-traditional sexual orientation,” the Investigative Committee said in a… Read more »

St. Petersburg Conference On The Protection Of Children From Homophobia And Trensphobia

On May 31st – June 1st, 2013 a conference “Protecting Children from Homophobia and Transphobia” be held in St.Petersburg by Parents’ Movement and Alliance of Straights for LGBT Equality, supported by the Russian LGBT Network. The two-day conference will be dedicated to Children’s Day, which is observed on June 1st. LGBT youth in Russia are… Read more »

Dozens Of Activists Arrested At Moscow Gay Pride

Authorities in Moscow arrested dozens of gay rights activists on Saturday as they attempted to hold a Gay Pride demonstration. Sky News reported that at least 30 activists were being held by police after they defied a city order banning such protests. The activists targeted Russia’s lower house of parliament, where lawmakers are considering a… Read more »

Smoke pellets and stones thrown at gay activists in St Petersburg

Russian city’s LGBT population holds demonstration for IDAHO despite propaganda law. Thugs attack Over 150 LGBT people and their friends have braved homophobic and transphobic thugs to demand their rights at a protest in St Petersburg, Russia. The protest for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) today (17 May) was in the city’s main… Read more »

I came out because gay people in Russia are suffering – it’s time for courage

A young man has been brutally murdered in a homophobic attack. We must challenge the prejudice gripping this country Vlad Tornovy was murdered in Volgograd, the town where the course of the second world war was reversed 70 years ago. The suspects lived in the same block of flats as the 22-year-old. When questioned, one… Read more »

Russia’s gays fear more violence after brutal murder

Moscow (Reuters) – They beat him. They shoved beer bottles in his anus. They tried to set him on fire. Then they crushed his head with a heavy stone. A 23-year-old man in Russia’s southern city of Volgograd was tortured and killed after revealing he was gay during a drinking session last Thursday night, investigators… Read more »

Russia: Parades to demonstrate for gay rights in Moscow and St Petersburg, despite anti-gay law

Parades of gay rights demonstrators will take to the streets of Moscow and St Petersburg today, despite a law in the latter, which prohibits the “promotion” of homosexuality. Described on Facebook as a “Rainbow Mayday”, and a “rainbow column”, advice on the page suggests that, in St Petersburg, demonstrators should join with a sanctioned “democratic… Read more »

Gay activist badly beaten as Russian city bans pride

Syktyvkar’s authorities, capital of Russia’s republic of Komi, have banned a gay pride march as it ‘promoted homosexuality’, while its organizer was badly beaten The Syktyvkar city administration, capital of the Russian republic of Komi announced that its banning a planned gay-pride parade. In a statement released yesterday (25 March) the authorities explained that the… Read more »

Russia’s New Normal

Moscow — It’s the sort of thing one hates hearing from one’s child. “You know, mom,” my 11-year-old daughter said, “It makes me particularly nervous when people make fun of gays.” In Russia, everyone is talking about homosexuality these days. I knew exactly what she meant, and I said so: I’d felt the same way… Read more »

Iran, Russia and Egypt threaten to scupper UN women’s declaration due to gay rights opposition

An alliance made up of Iran, Russia and Egypt has threatened to derail a UN declaration urging an end to violence against women and girls by objecting to language concerning LGBT rights and reproduction. Reuters reports delegates to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women are racing to reach a deal on a… Read more »

Vast majority of Russians oppose gay marriage and gay pride events – poll

As the Russian parliament prepares for its second reading of a nationwide ban on ‘gay propaganda’ to minors, polls show that an overwhelming majority of Russians oppose both same-sex marriage and gay pride events. Around 85 percent of adult Russians said they were strongly against a law that would allow same-sex marriage, the Levada Public… Read more »

Anti-gay attitudes on the rise in Russia

85% of Russians oppose same-sex marriage and gay prides in Russia, as only 4% said they supported gay rights While it feels like the majority of the world has gradually more accepting of homosexuality, in Russia it is the opposite story. Over the past eight years, the number of Russians who believe gays and lesbians… Read more »

Boys in heels respond to Russia’s anti-gay ‘Crazy Law’

Ukrainian pop sensation Kazaky releases their latest video titled ‘Crazy Law’, a possible rebuttal to Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws The Ukranian all-boy-band, a group of muscled dancers who don stiletto heels to headline performances that include Diesel fashion shows and Madonna music videos, has released a new video titled “Crazy Law’. Judging from the song’s… Read more »

Russia’s only lesbian glossy magazine goes on sale – but homophobes call it ‘filth’

The pilot issue of the only glossy magazine for lesbians in Russia has gone on sale this month, in a launch that publishers hope will reach out to the country’s embattled LGBT community. RIA Novosti reports that the magazine Agens, which takes its title from a Latin word meaning “driving force”, has gone on its… Read more »

Gay Propaganda Ban ‘Not Discrimination’ – Russian FM

Moscow – The ban on “gay propaganda” among minors, currently under review in Russian legislature, does not infringe on human rights – unlike “gay propaganda” itself, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday. “We’re not discriminating against anyone, we just don’t want reverse discrimination, when one group of citizens gets the right to aggressively… Read more »

Gay Russian TV personality reflects on his firing and his country

Anton Krasovsky was fired after publicly revealing that he is gay. He discusses his decision, its aftermath and the state of Russian government and society. Moscow — The day last month that Russian lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill establishing fines for spreading “propaganda” supporting homosexuality among minors, leading Russian media personality Anton Krasovsky… Read more »

Gay Russian TV personality reflects on his firing and his country

Anton Krasovsky was fired after publicly revealing that he is gay. He discusses his decision, its aftermath and the state of Russian government and society. Moscow — The day last month that Russian lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill establishing fines for spreading “propaganda” supporting homosexuality among minors, leading Russian media personality Anton Krasovsky… Read more »

God’s LGBT Children in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and Moldova: Homosexuality is Not Sinful, Demonic, or a Mental Illness

The book is in Russian and includes a full English translation. It is authored by an Eastern Orthodox Bishop for LGBT individuals in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and Russia. The book will resonate with Eastern European LGBT persons who are “out and proud,” out to a select few, and those who live quiet lives of isolation… Read more »

UN rights experts advise Russian Duma to scrap bill on ‘homosexuality propaganda’

Geneva – A group of United Nations independent human rights experts today called on the lower house of the Russian parliament to discard a draft bill to establish administrative penalties for “propaganda of homosexuality among minors,” which has already been approved by the State Duma. The experts on freedom of expression, human rights defenders, cultural… Read more »

Russian Duma Overwhelmingly Passes Ban On “Gay Propaganda”

Out of 390 Members of Parliament in Russia’s Lower House, 388 voted for a national ban on “homosexual propaganda” toward minors. One MP voted against and one abstained in the first reading of the bill. reports: The ban was submitted by deputies from the Novosibirsk Region in Siberia, who had earlier introduced similar local… Read more »

Russia moves to enact anti-gay law nationwide

Moscow (AP) — Kissing his boyfriend during a protest in front of Russia’s parliament earned Pavel Samburov 30 hours of detention and the equivalent of a $16 fine on a charge of “hooliganism.” But if a bill that comes up for a first vote later this month becomes law, such a public kiss could be… Read more »

Gay Activists Beaten During Picket in Southwest Russia

Voronezh(RIA Novosti) – Gay activists were beaten by an angry crowd during an authorized picket in the city of Voronezh in southwest Russia on Sunday. Voronezh gay activists earlier announced their intention to hold a protest against the so-called homophobia bill, which will be discussed in Russia’s parliament soon. The picket in the square near… Read more »

Angry crowd of fascists attack gay activists in Russian city of Voronezh

Homophobic Russians have attacked gay activists in the city of Voronezh, the attacks have taken place following a protest against homophobic legislation in place in parts of the country and being considered in others. Activists had announced that they would picket the city earlier in the week and several hundred anti-gay opponents gathered to counter… Read more »

Europe slams Russia and Ukraine laws and says gay rights must be a ‘priority’

The European Parliament has told Russia and Ukraine to drop gay gag laws and said LGBT issues must be a foreign policy priority for the EU The European Parliament has told Russia and Ukraine to ditch plans to fine and jail people who talk positively about gay issues. The LGBT ‘gay laws’ already exist in… Read more »

Russian Authorities Launched An Anti-Gay Media Campaign

On December 19th, 2012, the Russian State Duma will consider in the first reading a draft law on a nation-wide ban of the so-called ‘propaganda of homosexualism’. On November 30th, an observer of ‘Rossiyskaya gazeta’ (‘Newspaper of Russia’) published an ideological article on “traditional values” [1]. The author proposes that each state has the right… Read more »

Medvedev: No need to regulate homosexuality in Russia

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at a press conference Friday that he sees no reason to limit homosexuality by law. “Not every moral issue, behavioral habit or communication issue between people should be regulated. This is why not all relationships between people are subject to a legal interpretation,” Medvedev said in response to a question… Read more »

PM Medvedev says Russia does not need a national gay gag law

Russia’s former president tells journalists the country has no plans to pass an anti-gay propaganda bill on a federal level Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Russia does not need any law banning gay propaganda. The former president added that his statement reflects his position and the position of the ruling United Russia party. ‘Not every… Read more »

Venice looks to suspend partnership with St Petersburg over anti-gay laws

The Venice Municipal Council is currently considering ending a partnership with the Russian city of St Petersburg over the latter’s recently adopted anti-gay laws. The law equates homosexuality with “paedophilia” and was passed by the city on February 29 of this year – despite more than 270,000 people signing an online petition against the measure.… Read more »

UN rules Russian ‘gay gag’ law violates human rights

UN Human Rights Committee passed a landmark ruling saying a Russian law against ‘homosexual propaganda’ is discriminatory, violates the basic right for freedom of expression and unconstitutional The United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) found Russia’s application of Ryazan region anti ‘homosexual propaganda’ law against LGBT rights activist Irina Fedotov to be in breach of… Read more »

Moscow lawmakers reject ‘gay gag’ bill

Regional parliament in Russia rules anti-gay ‘propaganda’ bill conflicts with federal law Moscow’s regional parliament has rejected an anti-gay ‘propaganda’ bill similar to homophobic laws passed elsewhere in Russia. The proposed law, which would ban ‘non-traditional sexual orientation propaganda to minors’, was filed with the Duma on 16 November by the local Council of Municipal… Read more »

Serbian Film Promotes Tolerance Of Gays. Will It Fly With Fellow Slavs In Russia?

Moscow – The first third of Srdzhan Dragoevich’s new film, The Parade, will bring a smile to even the gloomiest of faces. It’s a silly, rude comedy that is meant to be fun for the viewers. It is also very much a film with a message about tolerance for homosexuals, as well as for those… Read more »