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February 21, 2014
Washington D.C. – Human Rights First today applauds the decision of the Dzerzhinsky district court in finding Lena Klimova, founder of the LGBT youth online support group Children 404, not guilty of...
February 19, 2014
By Trevor Allen, LGBT Program Intern The latest victim of Russia’s anti-LGBT “propaganda” law, Elena Klimova is the creator of “Children-404,” an online forum for Russian-speaking LGBT teens...
February 13, 2014
As the Olympic Games began last week, a Human Rights First delegation was in Sochi to speak up for equality and to amplify the voices of those harmed by Russia’s crackdown on the LGBT community. Our...
February 07, 2014
Sochi, Russia – Human Rights First condemns the arrests of four Russian LGBT activists in St. Petersburg. The four, including Anastasia Smirnova, with whom Human Rights First’s delegation ...
February 07, 2014
Mary Elizabeth Margolis is part of Human Rights First’s delegation to Sochi, which includes U.S. Olympian David Pichler.  Sochi at first glance is very calm and organized....
February 06, 2014
By Simone Salvo United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the IOC before Friday’s Opening Ceremony in Sochi. His keynote address, the first by a UN secretary-general to the...
February 06, 2014
By Jess Ballance Former Olympic diver David Pichler wrote a piece today for The Miami Herald emphasizing his support of LGBT athletes and the Russian LGBT community, as well as...

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Opinions | August 05, 2014
An opinion piece by Human Rights First's Shawn Gaylord. “It's normal that you were beaten because Russian people hate fags.” “We should take you to the streets and stone you to death — how many...
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
The international LGBT community has watched in horror as Russia’s brand of discriminatory propaganda legislation has taken root outside its borders. The flagship piece of that legislation, the...
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...

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