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Russia says European court meddling in domestic affairs

Russia says European court meddling in domestic affairs

(Reuters) – Russia on Wednesday said a call by Europe’s top human rights court telling Moscow to formally recognise same-sex unions amounted to “meddling” in Russia’s domestic affairs, and that such a move would flout its constitution. The Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that Russia had an obligation to respect the […]

Russia: Food retailer pulls ad that included lesbians

Russia: Food retailer pulls ad that included lesbians

(Reuters) – A high-end Russian food retailer has angered both gay rights campaigners and opponents by running and then apologising for an ad that included a profile of a family in which a mother and her adult daughter both have female partners. A 2013 Russian law, decried by Western countries as state-enforced bigotry, bans the […]

Russia: Prosecutor seeks to ban Dolce & Gabbana same-sex kiss ads

Russia: Prosecutor seeks to ban Dolce & Gabbana same-sex kiss ads

(Reuters) – A Russian prosecutor has called for Dolce & Gabbana Instagram advertisements, showing same-sex couples kissing, to be banned in the country, following a lawmaker’s complaint about them, the prosecutor’s office said on Monday. Mikhail Romanov, a member of the ruling United Russia party, who sits in the Duma, or lower house of parliament, […]

EU sanctions Russians over Chechen LGBT abuses

EU sanctions Russians over Chechen LGBT abuses

(Reuters) – The European Union imposed sanctions on Monday on two Russians, accused of persecuting gay and lesbian people, in the southern Russian region of Chechnya, the bloc’s toughest response to attacks on Russian citizens because of their sexuality. Russian authorities in the autonomous region deny what human rights groups, media and filmmakers have described […]

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 […]