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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One of the first communities in Russia to pass a “don’t say gay” law has repealed it ahead of a European Court of Human Rights decision.

2014 Winter Olympics

Arrested LGBT Activists In Russia: ‘Cops Beat Us, Said We Have To Suck Their Cocks’

by David Badash ● 6:56 PM February 7, 2014
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Today, the day of the opening of the Olympic Games, LGBT activists in Moscow today were taken to a local police station, where, they say, some were beaten and threatened with both sexual assault and acts of physical violence.

2014 Winter Olympics

Sochi Olympics Day One: Russian Police Arrest More Than A Dozen LGBT Activists

by David Badash ● 2:57 PM February 7, 2014
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On day one, Russian police have already arrested more than a dozen LGBT protestors who were doing little more than unfurling a banner or singing the Russian national anthem.

Analysis

Organizers Of Lady Gaga Concert Will Fight Fine For Harming Children

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:04 AM November 16, 2013
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Planet Plus, the concert promoters who brought Lady Gaga to Moscow will appeal the fine levied because her pro-gay comments harmed children, even though the amount of the fine was insignificant.

Bigotry Watch

Watch: Russian Lawmaker Says Gay People ‘Rape Kids’

by David Badash ● 7:32 PM September 24, 2013
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Russian lawmaker Vitaly Milonov is saying that gay people “rape kids,” and that there is no violence against gays, but “much violence” by gay people against straight people.

International

Vladimir Putin Just Made It Illegal To Tell Kids Gay People Exist

by David Badash ● 12:37 PM June 30, 2013
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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin today has just signed a draconian “Don’t Say Gay” bill into law, making the “promotion” of “homosexual propaganda” to minors illegal.

Bigotry Watch

Madonna May Face Russian Jail For Mentioning Homosexuality

by David Badash ● 12:16 PM March 23, 2012

Madonna may be looking at the inside of a Russian jail this summer when she takes her concert to St. Petersburg, home of a new “Don’t Say Gay” law that prohibits promoting homosexuality. Via ABC News: The Material Girl said in a Facebook posting this week that she plans to speak out against the law [...]

Analysis

News: Russia’s Bill Banning Gay Speech, Pepper Spray All The Rage, US Reporters Arrests

by Tanya Domi ● 12:34 PM November 28, 2011
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Russia tops the list with a bill banning the “promotion” of a LGBT lifestyle, pepper spray is all the rage, and Pakistan heats up.