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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...
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...

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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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