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February 05, 2014
By Simone Salvo Former Olympian and mayor of Sochi’s Olympic village, Svetlana Zhurova, is calling on protesters to re-think their plans to speak up on behalf of LGBT Russians, construction...
February 04, 2014
By Simone Salvo On Monday, three Russian villagers, ages 18, 22 and 26, of the Far East Kamchatka region were convicted of a brutal murder committed last May. They lured, 29-year-old...
February 04, 2014
by David Pichler, U.S. Olympian As a gay Olympian, I believe that the best response to mounting repression in Russia is engagement. The Sochi Winter Olympic Games is an opportunity to champion...
January 30, 2014
Washington D.C. – Human Rights First today expressed concern over news reports of the conviction and trial announcement of two Russian journalists for violating the discriminatory anti-“...
January 30, 2014
By Trevor Allen In September, in an attempt to further marginalize Russia’s LGBT community, Russian lawmaker Alexei Zhuravlyov proposed an anti-gay law that would strip same-sex parents of their...
November 06, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Following news that Arkhangelsk, Russia, has overturned its regional ban on antigay “propaganda,” Human Rights First is urging all jurisdictions within Russia to abandon anti-LGBT...
November 01, 2013
By Innokenty Grekov, Fighting Discrimination Program This page will be updated as the torch lighting events arrive in the cities below. Homophobia is widespread in Russia, you all know that...

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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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