Tag Archive | Russia

YouTube takes down anti-gay ad after outrage in Russia

YouTube takes down anti-gay ad after outrage in Russia

An online video, suggesting Russians back constitutional reform or see gay couples win adoption rights, was taken down by YouTube on Wednesday, after LGBT+ groups said it incited hatred. The clip, posted online this week, shows a boy going from joy to heartbreak as he discovers his new parents are men.

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 […]

Russia: Blogger’s HIV docu reaches millions, including Kremlin

Russia: Blogger’s HIV docu reaches millions, including Kremlin

(Reuters) – A hard-hitting YouTube documentary about Russia’s HIV epidemic, by a popular blogger, has attracted more than 13 million views in a week, and even drawn praise from the Kremlin. Some pharmacists have also reported a rush to snap up express HIV tests, after the film, which is just under two hours long, was […]

Russia: Man arrested over murder of LGBT activist

Russia: Man arrested over murder of LGBT activist

(Reuters) – Russian police said on Thursday they had detained a man over the fatal stabbing of an LGBT activist near her home in St Petersburg, and were not treating the murder as a hate crime. Elena Grigoryeva, 41, was stabbed eight times in the face and back on Saturday night by an assailant, whom […]

Russia: Slain gay-rights activist had received threats – campaigner

Russia: Slain gay-rights activist had received threats – campaigner

(Reuters) – A Russian activist for LGBT rights who was fatally stabbed in St Petersburg had regularly received death threats and reported them to police, who did nothing to protect her before she was murdered, a fellow campaigner said. Elena Grigoryeva, 41, was found dead with multiple knife wounds on Sunday evening, according to a […]

UK: Elton John slams Russian cuts to ‘Rocketman’ gay scenes

UK: Elton John slams Russian cuts to ‘Rocketman’ gay scenes

(Reuters) – Elton John on Friday criticised Russia’s reported censorship of some scenes in the new movie musical based on his life, Rocketman, calling the decision “cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people”. John, and the makers of Rocketman, which depicts the warts-and-all rise to fame of the gay British musician, issued a statement […]

Russia urged to investigate reports of LGBT+ crackdown in Chechnya

Russia urged to investigate reports of LGBT+ crackdown in Chechnya

The European Parliament urged Russia on Tuesday to investigate claims LGBT+ people in Chechnya are being detained and tortured, following reports of a fresh crackdown in the region. The Russian LGBT Network, a rights group, said this week it had heard reports of “monstrous torture” of detainees in the predominantly Muslim region in recent weeks […]

European court rules Russia discriminated against gay people

European court rules Russia discriminated against gay people

Russia discriminated against gay people by banning their rallies, the European Court of Human Rights ruled yesterday, Tuesday, eight years after a judgment on the issue that led to no change. The court ruled in 2010 that a Moscow ban on gay pride marches violated the right to freedom of assembly, to an effective remedy, […]

Russia: LGBT+ people erased from books with ‘gay propaganda’ law

Russia: LGBT+ people erased from books with ‘gay propaganda’ law

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls’, a bestselling children’s book featuring 100 stories of prominent women, was published in Russia this year – but with one story missing. Liza Lazerson, a feminist blogger who owns a copy, said she was surprised to see that while the cover promised 100 stories, the book contained only 99, […]

In LGBT+ victory, Russian teen wins ‘gay propaganda’ case

In LGBT+ victory, Russian teen wins ‘gay propaganda’ case

In an unexpected victory for gay rights, the first minor to be charged in Russia for promoting homosexuality won a court appeal on Friday, in defence of his right to post photos on social media of men embracing. Maxim Neverov was fined 50,000 rubles ($760) in August after a commission on juvenile affairs found him […]