Gay Chechen man with HIV seeks asylum in US

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Washington Blade on April 23, 2019, interviewed a gay man from Chechnya who is seeking asylum in the U.S. The man asked the Blade not to publish his name or disclose his identity. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

A gay man from Chechnya with HIV who asked the Washington Blade not to reveal his identity was leaving a gay bar in Moscow on May 13, 2018, when a group of six men approached him and attacked him. A video from a nearby surveillance camera that he saved to his cell phone shows one of the men punching him in the face.

“He hit me right in the eye,” the man told the Blade on April 23 during an emotional interview in Dupont Circle. “People were standing right here.”

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European court: Russia’s ban on LGBT rallies violates rights

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PARIS (AP) | The European Court of Human Rights issued a fresh rebuke to the Kremlin on Nov. 27, ruling that Russia’s continued ban on LGBT rallies is discriminatory and represents a violation of human rights.

Judges at the court based in the eastern French city of Strasbourg called on Moscow to introduce “systemic measures” to remedy the breaches to the European Convention of Human Rights that the Russian Federation became a signatory to in 1996.

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Russia registers its 1st same-sex marriage — by mistake

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MOSCOW (AP) — Two men have been able to register their marriage in Russia, a first for the country that the Interior Ministry attributes to a bureaucratic error.

Russia doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage and has a law banning the dissemination of gay “propaganda” to minors, so Pavel Stotzko and Yevgeny Voitsekhovsky’s claim that their marriage was officially registered has caused an uproar.

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Situation for LGBT Chechens remains perilous

By : Helen Parshall of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Advocates say that the situation in Chechnya remains dire roughly six months after initial reports of arrests, torture and killings of LGBT Chechens emerged.

“It should not be like this. We are all people. We all have rights,” Maxim Laponov said in a press conference on Monday outside the Moscow offices of Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian newspaper that broke the story of the crackdown. “If those rights can be violated [in Chechnya], it could happen in any region. And no one knows whose son or daughter will be next.”

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Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre cancels world premiere of gay-themed Nureyev ballet

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow has canceled its planned ballet based on the life of gay, Soviet-era dancer Rudolf Nureyev three days before opening night.

Bolshoi director Vladimir Urin announced that the ballet would not open on its scheduled Tuesday night and would be postponed until next year.

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Elton John hopes for future meeting with Vladimir Putin

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Moscow (AP) – Elton John regrets he didn’t get to meet President Vladimir Putin during his current trip to Moscow, but says he’s looking forward to meeting the Russian leader in the future to discuss LGBT issues.

Performing May 30 before an enthusiastic crowd at a Moscow concert hall, the British rock star thanked Putin for inviting him to “discuss some serious issues in Russia, including LGBT and HIV and AIDS,” expressing hope they could eventually meet.

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Gay-rights activists attempting demonstration in Moscow clash with opponents, police detain 15

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MOSCOW (AP) — Police in the Russian capital have detained 15 people after a clash broke out between gay-rights advocates and opponents.

A small group of activists tried to hold an unauthorized demonstration in support of gay rights outside the mayor’s office on May 30. But opponents fought with them and police detained people from both sides.

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Russian president claims gay Olympians safe, but links gays to pedophiles

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MOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered new assurances to gay athletes and fans attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics next month. Yet he defended Russia’s anti-gay law by equating gays with pedophiles and said Russia needs to “cleanse” itself of homosexuality if it wants to increase its birth rate.

Putin’s comments in an interview broadcast Jan. 19 with Russian and foreign television stations showed the wide gulf between the perception of homosexuality in Russia versus the West.

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