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August 02, 2013
New York City – Human  Rights First calls on the U.S. State Department to demand a clear answer from Russia about its planned treatment of gay athletes and spectators at the upcoming Winter...
July 31, 2013
By Innokenty Grekov Fighting Discrimination Program Today a spokesman for a Russian deputy prime minister told the International Olympic Committee that a controversial law will be “suspended” for...
July 23, 2013
New York City — The arrest of four foreign tourists accused of propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations in the Russian city of Murmansk is a sign of things to come, says Human Rights First...
June 10, 2013
Less than a month after the murder of Vladislav Tornovoi in Volgograd, a second gay man has been murdered in Russia. On May, 29th, three men allegedly stomped and stabbed to death an unnamed 39-year...
May 14, 2013
Late in the evening of May 9th, Vladislav Tornovoi became the latest victim of homophobic violence in Russia. Discovered in a courtyard in Volgograd, Tornovoi had been beaten to death and...
January 03, 2013
By Innokenty Grekov Fighting Discrimination Program Later this month, the Russian Duma will consider whether to impose a national ban on “promoting homosexuality.” According to the proposed bill...
August 15, 2012
This blog is part of the Olympics 2012 and Human Rights Series.  The London Olympics produced new world records, new superstars and, this year, crossed a number of new human rights...

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Opinions | May 08, 2014
By Sonni Efron As Europe marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, the war that destroyed Old Europe, far-right parties are gaining ground across New Europe. Most of the far-...
Factsheet | February 27, 2014
We saw what Putin can do to LGBT Russians while the international media was camped in Sochi covering the XXII Winter Olympiad.  What kind of crackdown might happen when it’s all over? ...
Report | November 26, 2013
In 2004, State Duma parliamentarian Alexander Chuev reintroduced a bill to ban “homosexual propaganda.” On the same day, the Duma received a statement opposing the bill. It was sent by the Prime...
Testimony | June 12, 2013
In a statement submitted today to both the Senate Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women’s Issues and the Subcommittee on European...

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