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October 18, 2013
This is a cross-post from BuzzFeed. Before Putin signed Russia’s infamous antigay law, 10 regional governments have passed similar laws starting in 2006. Now, the Olympic flame is passing through...
October 04, 2013
Human Rights First’s report, Convenient Targets, outlines steps the Obama Administration should take to oppose Russia’s antigay law. But some American Olympians, both current and former, aren’t...
October 02, 2013
New York City – Human Rights First applauds comments made yesterday by the president of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Larry Probst, in which he signaled willingness to amend the...
October 01, 2013
By Innokenty Grekov Fighting Discrimination Program This is a cross-post from The Huffington Post. “The feeling is we can survive and accomplish anything.” -- Polina Andrianova, Russian LGBT...
September 27, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First calls on  the Washington Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin to carry the spirit of D.C. to Greece this weekend as becomes the first Russian to carry the...
September 26, 2013
New York City – Human Rights First condemns the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) dismissal of concerns over Russia’s anti-“propaganda” law. Despite the Olympic Charter’s provisions...
September 24, 2013
This is a cross-post from The Huffington Post. When President Vladimir Putin signed the anti-gay "propaganda" bill on June 30th, he was playing politics. In the name of both protecting...

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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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