Sasha Ingber. Around 40 people have been detained and another two killed in the latest crackdown on Chechnya's LGBT community, Russian activists say. Authorities detained an administrator of a social media group on Russia's VKontakte, where homosexual men from the North Caucasus communicated, the network says.
Gay men have always been part of the American military. In an era before gay marriage or open pride, military men fell in love, formed passionate friendships and had same-sex encounters. Due to social and official discrimination, though, most of their stories have gone untold.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT youth in Russia face formidable barriers to enjoying their fundamental rights to dignity, health, education, information, and association. The law has also had a stifling effect on access to affirming education and support services, with harmful consequences for LGBT youth. It targets vulnerable sexual and gender minorities for political gain.
After being beaten and tortured by men in military uniform in Russia's Chechnya region, he fled to Moscow but still fears for his life -- because he is gay. He is now hiding out in a small house on the edge of Moscow with five other Chechen men after they escaped what they say is a brutal campaign against gay men by authorities in the Muslim region of Russia's North Caucasus. All refused to give their real names for fear of someone recognising them and tracking them down. While casual homophobia is common in Russia, the problem is particularly acute in conservative Chechnya, where homosexuality is taboo and seen in many families as a moral failing that should be punished by death.
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The sprawling system of Soviet camps contained many untold stories. I spoke to one of the few historians researching the experiences of gay men and lesbians in the Gulag to find out more. All rights reserved.
Russia is reportedly planning to go to shockingly intimate lengths to ensure that its military is devoid of gay participants. The St. Petersburg Times reports that the Russian Defense Ministry's central administration has developed a technical guide that calls for a "physical examination" that includes checking for tattoos in particularly sensitive areas on the new recruits' bodies.
MOSCOW — Security forces in the Russian region of Chechnya have again cracked down on gay people, killing two and applying tactics once used against Islamist terrorists to find and arrest dozens of others, a Russian rights group said in a report issued on Monday. Since late last year, two gay men have been killed and about 40 men and women who are either homosexual or suspected of being homosexual have been detained in a makeshift prison, according to the rights group, the Russian LGBT Network. Though Russia decriminalized homosexuality during the breakup of the Soviet Union, the police in Chechnya have periodically detained gay people in extrajudicial arrests without repercussions from the federal authorities. Kadyrov, was the beneficiary of an arrangement with the Kremlin to keep the peace in the aftermath of two wars by Chechen rebels for independence in the late s and early s: In exchange for his loyalty to Moscow, Mr.
Although same-sex sexual activity between consenting adults in private was decriminalized in homosexuality is disapproved of by most Russians, and same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples are ineligible for the legal protections available to opposite-sex couples. There are currently no laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation in Russia. Transgender people are allowed to change their legal gender following sex reassignment surgeryhowever, there are currently no laws prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or expression and recent laws could discriminate against transgender residents.
He and other organisers reportedly submitted 12 applications to hold events around Biysk, all of which were rejected by the city. Inthe European Court of Human Rights ruled the legislation was discriminatory and restricted the free speech of Russian citizens. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later?