PAPER: Russian Official Threatens LGBTQ Leader: ‘Go Back to Where You Belong’

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The article in PAPER magazine concerning a queer purge in Chechnya and threats towards Igor Kochetkov: “The violence against queer people in Chechnya is unceasing. According to a new, detailed Instagram post on the Russian LGBT Network‘s page, the organization’s Executive Director Igor Kochetkov has received threats from a Chechen man named Ali Bashanov, who reportedly heads up a mission to …

Igor Kochetkov, a head of the Russian LGBT Network Is Threatened Over a Queer Purge in Chechnya

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The head of the Russian LGBT Network, Igor Kochetkov, who is conducting a rescue operation to save queer victims of the purge, has received death threats from one of the Chechens public activists, Ali Baskhanov who runs a nonprofit called “Noah’s Ark.” That guy in his video calls Igor “a bastard”, “the devil’s son” who has “humiliated a whole nation”. …

Queer Purges in Chechnya: a New Round and Vigil in NYC, Sunday, January 20, 2019

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The new round of LGBTIQ purges takes place in Chechnya. The Novaya Gazeta reports that at least 2 people killed while some guys escaped Chechnya have reported that it might be about 20 people killed in torture.  The Chechen government continues persecuting LGBTIQ individuals justifying it with “religion”. Meanwhile, the Russian government is silent, covering up these atrocities. Let’s …

“Proud Ukraine” and RUSA LGBT Hold a Meeting “LGBT Parents Movement in Post-Soviet Space”

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On January 30th, 2019 the LGBT group Proud Ukraine, in collaboration with RUSA LGBT and Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, invites you to take part in a discussion about the role of parents of LGBT children and defending rights of LGBT people in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Our guest is Olena Globa, head of the Board and a …

RUSA LGBT Holds the First Town Hall with Queer Immigrants in Brighton Beach

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On November 15th 2018 RUSA LGBT hosted a first ever Town Hall with Queer Immigrants in Brighton Beach! Thank to everyone for coming to the Town Hall despite the inclement weather! You are heroes! It was not as expected but we had a great conversation! RUSA appreciates Shorefront Y and it’s director Susan Fox for having us and this opportunity …

Lyosha Gorshkov at Thomson Reuters Panel: Launching #OpenlyNews

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On September 27th, Co-President RUSA LGBT, Lyosha Gorshkov was invited to attend a Thomson Reuters’s panel discussion on the media’s role in reporting on LGBT+ issues, which is part of our event to mark the New York launch of Openly, a global platform for impartial LGBT+ news. Lyosha was one of the key speakers along with other activists. Some quotes from …

Supporting Queer Individuals in Uzbekistan FlashMob

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RUSA LGBT, Rainbow America and Voices4_ invite you to join an international flash mob to support LGBTIQ people in Uzbeksitan! Uzbekistan is one of the post-Soviet countries, where same-sex relationships are still criminalized and punishable by the Penal Code Last December, a gay couple, both partners are 20-year old, was arrested and tortured by the police in Uzbekistan for “illegal …

Информационная Брошюра по Политическому Убежищу – 2018

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Дорогие друзья! Наконец-то, это свершилось и, благодаря неоценимым усилиям, Эльвиры Бродской – активистки и члена оргкомитета RUSA LGBT, – в свет вышла обновленная брошюра по политическому убежищу! Скачать брошюру вы можете по этой ссылке:    

Justice for Zelim Bakaev – Rally!

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A year ago, Zelim Bakaev (a Chechen singer) has disappeared in Chechnya while visiting his sister’s wedding. That was a beginning of the third wave of anti-LGBTIQ purges taken place in Chechnya. Since then, there have been a lot of rumors concerning Zelim’s disappearance, including Ramzan Kadyrov’s (The Head of Chechnya Republic) statement that Zelim was killed by his own …

Russian-Speaking LGBTIQ Community Is Under Homophobic Attack

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Lyosha Gorshkov, Co-President at RUSA LGBT has been threatened with his life and bodily harm after contradicting racist remarks coming from Malka Shahar during the life TV appearance on July 13th. After that, Lyosha started receiving hate comments and messages from Malka’s followers, as well as herself personally. Malka has produced multiple posts accusing Lyosha in witch hunting.   Here …