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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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Letter | April 02, 2015
Mr. Thomas Bach President International Olympic Committee Château de Vidy Case postale 356 1001 Lausanne, Switzerland Dear President Bach: Human Rights First welcomed your successful...
Impact Study | January 16, 2015
As Russia prepared to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, Human Rights First made sure the world knew about the country’s anti-gay propaganda law. The odious law threatened the fundamental rights of LGBT...
Blueprint | December 08, 2014
Overview Russia's Brand of Legislative Homophobia In June 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law outlawing propaganda of “nontraditional sexual relations,” thus enacting a federal...
Opinions | August 05, 2014
This is an excerpt from The Hill Read more “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 like you...

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