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Court ruling: Russian LGBT group is ‘foreign agent’

A court in St. Petersburg, Russia, yesterday ruled that the Russian LGBT rights group Coming Out is a “foreign agent,” a category that limits its ability to communicate with Russian citizens and subjects it to extra government scrutiny. Coming Out issued the following statement immediately after the ruling: Today, July 21, 2014, Vasileostrovsky District Court … Continue reading

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Anti-gay Russian lawmaker backs Ukraine rebels

Outspoken anti-gay Russian legislator Vitaly Milonov has accepted a role as  a representative of the breakaway self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine, Agence France-Presse reports. Milonov has previously: Threatened the arrest of gay athletes and tourists at the recent Olympic games in Sochi. Sought the arrest of singer Lady Gaga in 2012 for allegedly … 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 coordinated by the online activist group AllOut, were held or are planned in New York, … Continue reading

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Update: Russian repression, Cameroon criticism

RUSSIA 4 Dutch visitors accused of gay propaganda freed in Russia (O-blog-dee) Campaigners in Lansing, Michigan, U.S.A., seek to cut sister-city ties with St. Petersburg, Russia, because of anti-gay laws. (Associated Press) International Olympic Committee warns Russia after anti-gay law The International Olympic Committee has responded to calls for a global boycott of the 2014 Winter … Continue reading

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Russia: Police arrest 60 St. Petersburg gay pride marchers

Gay Star News, among others, reports: All the participants in today’s St Petersburg gay pride parade have been arrested and are being detained in police vans. Some participants were badly beaten by anti-gay protestors. Nikolai Alekseev, one of Russia’s most prominent LGBT activists who was arrested last month for organizing a gay rights march, confirmed … Continue reading

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Russia’s anti-gay crackdown: Fines total 20,000 euros

The Russian LGBT rights group Coming Out reports today on the continuing harassment of activists there, which includes fining organizations as unregistered “foreign agents” if they receive any financial support from abroad and engage in political activity of any kind. Today, Coming Out’s director was found guilty for failing to register the organization as a … Continue reading