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Russian neo-Nazi Maxim Martsinkevich dies in prison

Russian neo-Nazi Maxim Martsinkevich dies in prison

A Russian neo-Nazi who spurred attacks on young gay men back in 2013 has died in prison. Maxim Martsinkevich, who was known as Tesak, which means cleaver or machete, reportedly took his own life. Martsinkevich was serving a 10 year sentence in a hard labour camp for “inciting and fomenting cases of extremism”. His conviction was […]

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Take a look at Russia’s surprising Eurovision entry from Little Big

Take a look at Russia’s surprising Eurovision entry from Little Big

Little Big will represent Russia at Eurovision this year with their song Uno which features what appears to be a dancing version of Ukrainian leader Ramzan Kadyrov. With flared trousers, handlebar moustaches and disco sounds, the clip looks like it could have come from out of the Eurovision archives. Little Big comes from St. Petersburg and consists […]

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Oliver Stone voices support for Russia’s anti-gay laws

Oliver Stone voices support for Russia’s anti-gay laws

Film director Oliver Stone is shooting a new documentary and the Kremlin have just released a transcript of his interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the conversation Putin outlines Russia’s strict anti-gay propaganda laws, Stone responds by saying the laws sound like a reasonable idea. The Russian president explains how depictions of LGBT sexuality […]

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Russian police detain LGBTI rights protesters in St Petersburg

Russian police detain LGBTI rights protesters in St Petersburg

Police in St Petersburg have detained around 30 LGBTI rights protesters who were protesting without a permit. The protest took place on Saturday afternoon. The protesters had applied for a permit for a parade but were turned down with authorities claiming road works in the area would make it impossible and that public displays of […]

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Protesters find a clever way to display the rainbow flag at the World Cup

Protesters find a clever way to display the rainbow flag at the World Cup

The eyes of the world have been on Russia for the last few weeks as it hosts soccer’s World Cup. The countries tough anti-LGBTI propaganda laws make it almost impossible for people to raise the issue of how LGBTI people are treated in the country, but one group of clever protesters have found an ingenious […]

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Veteran gay rights activist Peter Tatchell arrested in Russia

Veteran LGBT+ and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been arrested during a one-man protest against Russia’s mistreatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, as the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Moscow. Tatchell was reportedly holding a banner supporting gay men who have been violently targeted in a purge in Chechnya while standing […]

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Russian air cadets in hot water over homoerotic YouTube video

Russian air cadets in hot water over homoerotic YouTube video

A group of air cadets in Russia are in hot water after the posted a video of themselves twerking in their underwear. Set to the music of Benny Benassi’s 2002 hit Satisfaction, the clips shows the young cadets eating bananas, playing with power tools, doing push ups and twerking, all while clad only in the undies and […]

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Russian newspaper names men killed in Chechnya

Russian newspaper names men killed in Chechnya

The Russian newspaper that first broke the news that hundreds of gay men had been detained in the Chechen Republic has now named 27 men who it says were killed in a single bloody night in January. Novaya Gazeta says up to 56 men were executed without trial on in the capital of Grozny of 25 […]

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On five occasions Australia has raised the issue of Chechnya with Russia

On five occasions Australia has raised the issue of Chechnya with Russia

Western Australian senator Dean Smith has asked the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to provide greater explanation about Australia’s response to the human rights abuses of gay men in Chechnya. The request was made during Senate Estimates hearings in federal parliament. Dr Lachlan Strahan from the department told the committee that the information about […]

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Tasmanians call on Malcolm Turnbull to speak out on Chechnya

Tasmanians call on Malcolm Turnbull to speak out on Chechnya

Tasmanian human rights advocates are calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to speak out against the detention and torture of gay and bisexual men in Russia’s Chechen Republic. Last night community members gathered in Hobart for a candlelight vigil for those who have been detained, tortured and reportedly killed in the Muslim region of Russia. […]

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