Tag Archive | Moscow

Moscow: Police detain over 30 protesting LGBT activists

Moscow: Police detain over 30 protesting LGBT activists

(Reuters) – Russian police on Saturday detained more than 30 people, most of them women, who were staging separate one-person protests in central Moscow, against charges of spreading pornography levelled against a prominent LGBT activist, a monitoring group said. One activist was also detained in St. Petersburg, OVD-Info, the monitoring group, said. Earlier this month, […]

Russia: Black market for HIV drug to try on coronavirus

Russia: Black market for HIV drug to try on coronavirus

(Reuters) – A black market has developed in Russia for an antiviral HIV drug explored as a possible treatment for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, according to sellers, HIV activists, and the head of the drug’s main Russian producer. More than 20 trials around the world are testing Kaletra as a […]

Chechnya: International coalition demands investigation of human rights abuses against LGBT+ people

Chechnya: International coalition demands investigation of human rights abuses against LGBT+ people

By Yuri Guaiana, senior campaigns manager at All Out 16 countries have vowed to investigate the abuses that took place against gay and bisexual men in Chechnya In April 2017, news broke of a wave of terrifying, state-sponsored violence in Chechnya against men perceived to be gay or bisexual. Many were rounded up, tortured, and, […]

Russia: St Petersburg – Gas Attack on LGBT “QueerFest”

Russia: St Petersburg – Gas Attack on LGBT “QueerFest”

QueerFest, the annual LGBT festival held in St Petersburg, and scheduled from 18 – 28th September this year, has had to cancel many of its events, due to gas attacks, threats to participants, and venues cancelling just before an event was to take place. This was the situation on Thursday last when the opening event, […]

Largest Moscow Gay Club ‘Central Station’ To Close

Largest Moscow Gay Club ‘Central Station’ To Close

Central Station, in business since the late 90s, and known as the largest gay club in Russia, is to close, having been attacked on numerous occasions over the last six months. These attacks included the roof being dismantled by a crowd, poisonous gas being released, and shots being fired at the door of the club. […]

Moscow Gay Club Ex-Manager Seeks Asylum in USA

Moscow Gay Club Ex-Manager Seeks Asylum in USA

The former manager of a Moscow gay nightclub has revealed that he intends to seek asylum in the United States, having been the target of multiple attacks in his home country. Arkady Gyngazov, who had worked as manager of the popular Central Station gay nightclub in Moscow, travelled to Washington D.C. with three friends from […]

Moscow Gay Club Attacked, Roof Removed

Moscow Gay Club Attacked, Roof Removed

A major gay nightclub in Moscow has been the target of an attack by over a hundred vandals, dismantling part of the roof and also damaging and stealing some equipment from the club. Andrei Lishchinsky, owner of the popular Central Station gay nightclub in Moscow, claims that the attack on the club, which took place on […]

Elton John Dedicates Concert To Murdered Vladislav

Elton John Dedicates Concert To Murdered Vladislav

Elton John has spoken out against Russia’s anti-gay legislation at his concert in Moscow yesteday, dedicating his performance to murdered gay 23-year-old Vladislav Tornovoi, who was killed on 9th May. He paid tribute to his Russian fans, and said they had always welcomed him with open arms, and never judged him.He also said that he […]

Thursday Tunes: Moscow by Autoheart

Thursday Tunes: Moscow by Autoheart

Moscow is taken from Punch, the début album of London pop/rock group, Autoheart. The song (and its video) have been described by the band as being about “the optimism of love and LGBT rights in Russia”.

BREAKING: Irish Government Criticises Russia

BREAKING: Irish Government Criticises Russia

Irish Government officials have been in contact with senior Russian officials recently, criticising the recent laws against so-called ‘homosexual propaganda’ which have been widely deemed homophobic. In an e-mail forwarded to EILE, it was stated that officials at the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs have been in touch with ‘senior officials’ at the Russian Embassy in […]