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Russia will vote on jail time for LGBT affection in public

Human Rights Watch researcher Tanya Cooper writes: Dispatches: Jail Time for Being Gay in Russia Russia is again making media headlines for all the wrong reasons. On January 19, parliament will hold the first reading of another abusive homophobic law, … Continue reading

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LGBT Russians are a focus of new crisis-reporting project

Violations of the human rights of LGBT people in Russia and other former Soviet nations will be the focus of a pilot reporting project over the next three months, with support from a $35,000 crowdfunding campaign. Already, according to the … Continue reading

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Olympic Committee won’t object to Russian LGBT arrests

BuzzFeed reports: “The International Olympic Committee has said Russia was acting in accordance with its laws when police detained 14 protesters in Moscow and St Petersburg on the day of the Olympic opening ceremonies. Some of those held in Moscow … Continue reading

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LGBT rights protesters in Moscow: They beat, abused us

LGBT rights protesters who were arrested today in Moscow say they were beaten and threatened with sexual abuse while in custody. According to BuzzFeed: The website OVDinfo.org, which tracks detentions in Russia, reported that the Russians in detention include Elena … Continue reading

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Russian police spy on LGBT activists, arrest 14

Russian police, who seemingly have a bug or an informant reporting on LGBT activists’ plans, arrested a total of 14 activists in St. Petersburg and Moscow during today’s opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics. AP reported from St. Petersburg: Russian … Continue reading

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Global conflict: Gay rights, repression (1. Russia; 2. More)

As pro-LGBT-rights protests and anti-LGBT initiatives continue in dozens of countries, here’s a sampling of the news and commentary about what’s going on. Russia coverage is below. Coming soon, a sampling of coverage of events in Africa, the Caribbean, and … Continue reading

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St. Petersburg joins world protests for LGBT rights

As international protests continue against Russia’s anti-gay crackdown, Russia’s Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality gathered in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Feb. 5 to to seek repeal of the country’s national and regional laws against “gay propaganda.” Protests, many of them … Continue reading

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