Tag Archive | Russia

Russia: Navalny activist’s election bid is crushed

Russia: Navalny activist’s election bid is crushed

First came leaflets in her stairwell, accusing her of encouraging children to become gay. Then her office was vandalised, and its windows shot at. And after that she was taken to hospital for COVID-19 treatment that she said she did not need or want. Violetta Grudina, an opposition activist in Russia’s Arctic port city of […]

Blocked: LGBT+ websites from Russia to Indonesia

Blocked: LGBT+ websites from Russia to Indonesia

When Russian cities started banning Pride marches, LGBT+ rights activist, Mikhail Tumasov, took to the internet to make sure his organisation kept its voice. But state authorities were quick to catch up. Tumasov said the country’s internet regulator had tried repeatedly to shut down his group’s website under the terms of Russia’s 2013 ‘anti-gay propaganda’ […]

LGBT+ family wants normal life after fleeing Russia

LGBT+ family wants normal life after fleeing Russia

A family that fled Russia after receiving homophobic rape and death threats, for appearing in a supermarket advert, has said the experience was “like a nightmare”, and demanded the right to a normal life. Yuma Yuma, 49, left Moscow for Barcelona last week, with her two adult daughters and her eight-year-old granddaughter, after receiving online […]

Russia: LGBT ‘ad’ family leaves country after death threats

Russia: LGBT ‘ad’ family leaves country after death threats

(Reuters) – A Russian family with gay members, that featured in an advert for a high-end food retailer, has left the country, after receiving hateful homophobic messages online including death threats. Footage published by journalist and YouTuber, Karen Shainyan, showed the family, in which the mother, Yuma, and her adult daughter, Alina, both have female […]

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 […]