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02.24.14 Marina Galperina

Last month, Lena Klimova — founder of “Children-404: We Exist” LGBT youth support group on Vkontakte and Facebook — was the fifth person to be officially charged under Russia’s “anti-gay propaganda” legislation. She was just acquitted, on the technicality that she did not actually register the social media group; she merely administrated it. The charges followed a complaint from the […]

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02.07.14 Marina Galperina

It’s the first day of the Winter Olympics in Sochi and the first protestors have already been arrested in St. Petersburg. LGBTI group leader Anastasia Smirnova held the banner “Discrimination is incompatible with the Olympic Movement. Principle 6. Olympic Charter,” calling out Russia’s anti-gay legislation as incompatible with ethical principles outlined by the International Olympic Committee. Four people have been […]

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01.17.14 Marina Galperina

After the European Union criticized Russia for censoring the press and tenaciously jailing Kremlin opposition, the Russian foreign ministry retaliated with a report of their own, highlighting EU’s own “inadequacies.” It’s hilarious. As highlighted by Buzzfeed, the report (sloppily translated here) is full of double-speak and contradictions and accuses the European Union of “aggressive propaganda of homosexual love.” In re-translation: […]

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11.14.13 Marina Galperina

Far eastern Russian city Khabarovsk was never particularly homophobic, not until Putin signed the “anti gay propaganda” bill into law this summer. This year, geography teacher Alexander Yermoshkin, the city’s most known environmental and gay rights activist, was told that his 18-year career is over because a group called the Movement Against Sexual Perversions presented the school with 678 signatures […]

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10.29.13 Marina Galperina

“We are doing everything, both the organizers and our athletes and fans, so that participants and guests feel comfortable in Sochi, regardless of nationality, race or sexual orientation,” Russia’s president Putin told the head of the International Olympic Committee at the IOC’s inspection of Sochi. The president also told the inspectors that “there is no discrimination […]

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10.24.13 Kyle Petreycik

Millions of LGBTQ children and teens currently living in Russia are now the targets of violence, harassment and abuse, following President Putin’s crackdown on LGBTQ people of Russia. The law forbidding Gay Rights activism and acknowledgement as “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors,” effects those minors tremendously and one of the only support groups is the […]

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09.20.13 Marina Galperina

Have you heard of Rospotrebnadzor? We haven’t, until 30 minutes ago, when Anatoli Ulyanov of art site Looo.ch told ANIMAL that Rospotrebnadzor — Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare — has blocked their site and added it into the Registry of Forbidden Sites. This means that every ISP in Russia is blocking Looo.ch from their customers. […]

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09.12.13 Marina Galperina

Today, a popular Russian television station EvroKino was issued an official warning from Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media for “propagating same-sex relations” by showing a 2007 French musical Les Chansons d’Amour (Love Songs) directed by Christophe Honoré. It’s about three hot French people in a hot three-way relationship. Then, there’s another […]

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08.02.13 Marina Galperina

Today is Russian Airborne Troops Day, an annual military pride celebration which traditionally involves gaggles of soldiers spilling into public square for merriment, flag waving, wallowing in public fountains and miscellaneous public drunkenness. This year, they have a new hobby. If anyone has any confusion about what Russia’s recently-adopted anti-gay laws do to its public, let me […]

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08.01.13 Marina Galperina

Contrary to the International Olympic Committee who received “assurances from the highest level” of the Russian government that gay Olympic athletes, foreign visitors and the media will not be persecuted under the “gay propaganda” bill, yes they will. Not only the co-writer of the bill, Vitaly Milonov (petition US government to ban Milonov’s Visa here), stated that […]

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