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Lithuania Begins Issuing Visas To Gays Fleeing Chechnya

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Lithuania has become one of the first countries to issue visas to gay men in Chechnya seeking refuge from torture and kidnapping.

She broke the story of Chechnya’s anti-gay purge. Now, she says she has to flee Russia

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People protest outside the Russian Embassy in London on April 12, following reports of the torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya. (Thomas Hornall/PA via AP)

Novaya Gazeta is no stranger to hostility and controversy. The crusading Russian newspaper is known for powerful investigations — and in Russia, this sort of work can provoke an angry reaction. The paper's star reporter Anna Politkovskaya was shot dead in her apartment building in 2006. Exactly who ordered her murder has never been confirmed.

Russia: Court Rules Against LGBT Activist

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“Russian authorities use the ‘gay propaganda’ law to harass and intimidate LGBT activists into silence,” said Tanya Cooper, Europe and Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Sergei Alekseenko will be appealing the district court’s verdict and the prosecutors should not oppose Alekseenko’s appeal.”

Russian parliamentary committee opposes anti-gay bill

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Members of a Russian Duma committee on Monday expressed their opposition to a bill that critics contend would effectively ban gays and lesbians from coming out.

Dispatches: Jail Time for Being Gay in Russia

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Russia is again making media headlines for all the wrong reasons. On January 19, parliament will hold the first reading of another abusive homophobic law, which proposes jailing people for public displays of non-heterosexual orientation or gender identity.

Russia will decide on banning people from coming out as gay next week

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Russia’s State Duma will decide on whether to ban people from coming out as gay next week on 19 January. Two senior Russian Communist MPs Ivan Nikitchuk and Nikolai Arefyev have presented a bill calling for people who come out as LGBTI to serve up to 15 days behind bars.

Russian LGBT festival refuses to be silenced by ‘gay propaganda' law

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Holding events for the LGBT community in a country that is clamping down on human rights is difficult. Staging them in the cradle of the “gay propaganda” law is even tougher.

Proposed Russian Law Would Jail Gays For Displaying 'Personal Perverted Sexual Preferences'

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Russian lawmakers have proposed a new law that would even further criminalize being gay, claiming Putin's anti-gay laws have been ineffective.

Russia: Homophobic, Abusive Bill

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A draft law pending in Russia’s parliament would penalize people who engage in public displays that would suggest that their sexual orientation is gay, Human Rights Watch said today. Parliament should reject the draft as wholly incompatible with Russia’s human rights obligations.

Group of Russian lawmakers wants to ban ‘coming out,’ jail perpetrators for 2 weeks

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A group of Duma deputies from the Russian Communist Party has prepared legislation that would criminalize "public recognitions of nontraditional sexual orientation." The initiative, which hasn't yet been introduced to the parliament, would penalize anyone convicted of coming out as LGBT with a fine as high as 5,000 rubles ($80) or arrest for a period up 15 days.

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