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Discrimination

St. Petersburg, Russia, Repeals Its Gay Propaganda Law

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:03 PM June 19, 2014
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One of the first communities in Russia to pass a “don’t say gay” law has repealed it ahead of a European Court of Human Rights decision.

James McDonald

Gay Britons Can Now Marry In Russia And 22 Other Countries Without Marriage Equality

by James McDonald ● 5:39 PM June 9, 2014
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As of Tuesday, June 3, British nationals living in 23 countries around the world where same-sex marriage is illegal will be able to marry in British Consulates.

Discrimination

Former BP CEO Advocates Sending Gay Employees To Russia To Change Hearts And Minds

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:55 AM May 27, 2014
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Former BP CEO, Lord John Browne, thinks large corporations should make a point of sending gay employees to homophobic countries as a way to change closed minds.

Discrimination

Russian Police Raid Fails To Shut Down Screening Of Film About LGBT Youth

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 4:43 PM April 24, 2014
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Russian police raided the premiere of a film depicting the hardships endured by teenage members of the LGBT community, but were unable to shut it down.

News

Watch: Russia Can Turn US Into ‘Radioactive Ash’ Warns Anti-Gay Head Of State Media

by David Badash ● 10:28 AM March 17, 2014
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“Russia is the only country in the world realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash,” the very anti-gay Dmitry Kiselyov says on Russian national TV.

News

GOP Congressman: Obama ‘Inaction’ On Russia Like US Initial Response To Hitler

by David Badash ● 9:02 PM March 1, 2014
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A Tea Party Congressman is likening President Obama’s response to Vladimir Putin’s moving Russian forces into the Ukraine to the US initial response to Hitler’s annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany.

Analysis

Russia’s Culture Of Anti-LGBT Bigotry Is Seeping Across Its Borders

by Casey Michel ● 5:30 PM February 24, 2014
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The recent spike of anti-LGBT legislation and animus out of Russia has been as wrenching as it’s been publicized, and as we’ve seen recently, such bigotry is seeping into other post-Soviet states.

Civil Rights

Pussy Riot Arrested Again After Russian Court Hands Down Harsh Protest Sentences

by David Badash ● 12:18 PM February 24, 2014
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Two members of the Russian feminist punk rock activist group Pussy Riot were again arrested today, just hours after the official end of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

2014 Winter Olympics

Not Performance Art: Actual Cossacks Horsewhip, Pepper Spray Pussy Riot (Video)

by David Badash ● 1:45 PM February 19, 2014
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Members of the Russian feminist punk rock activist group Pussy Riot today were on the scene in Sochi, preparing to perform, when actual Cossacks came up and horsewhipped, beat, and pepper-sprayed them.

Civil Rights

Breaking: ‘We Were Beaten’ By Russian Police Says Pussy Riot Member Upon Release (Video)

by David Badash ● 11:55 AM February 18, 2014
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One of the members of the feminist Russian punk rock protest group Pussy Riot says they were beaten by police in Russia in jail today after refusing to speak without a lawyer present.

Bigotry Watch

Putin Gives Award To Top Russian Journalist Who Said Hearts of Gays Unsuitable For Life

by David Badash ● 9:26 AM February 18, 2014
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President Vladimir Putin has given Russia’s second-highest award to a top journalist who sparked international outrage last year.

News

Pussy Riot Members Arrested By Russian National Police In Sochi

by David Badash ● 8:15 AM February 18, 2014
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Two members of the internationally-famous band Pussy Riot were arrested in Sochi by Russian National police today.

News

Russia Imposes New Gay Adoption Ban

by David Badash ● 9:48 AM February 13, 2014
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Russia has just banned adoptions by foreigners if the Russian children will live in countries where same-sex marriage is legal.

2014 Winter Olympics

Nearly Three Out of Four In Russia Believe Homosexuality ‘Morally Unacceptable’

by Casey Michel ● 4:13 PM February 12, 2014
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The vast majority of Russians think homosexuality is worse than abortion or pre-marital sex.