Russia: Year in Review Report

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In 2013, Russia enacted harsh anti-LGBT laws banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” and blocking same-sex couples from adopting children.

Since these laws were put into place, there has been an uptick in violent attacks on LGBT people according to Human Rights Watch. LGBT Russians have been murdered, pelted with eggs, blinded in air gun attacks and gay clubs and venues are under constant threat. Police often turn a blind eye and even when prosecutions occur, the penalties can be light and prosecutors are reluctant to use hate crime statutes against perpetrators of anti-LGBT violence. Since the passage of the propaganda law, at least three people have been fined for expressing support for LGBT equality and dozens of others have been detained, investigated or threatened.

The following report details the severe impact that last year’s anti-LGBT laws have had and continue to have on the Russian LGBT community and its allies.