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Dmitry Chyzhevsky lost vision in his left eye from injuries sustained in the attack.

Russian law enforcement drops hate crime investigation on anti-LGBT attack

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
ST, PETERSBURG, Russia -- The investigation into a November 2013 attack at a meeting of LGBT rights activists that left a man with the loss of vision in one eye, has been suspended, and will not be investigated as a hate crime. [ Read more → ]
Dmitry Lovetsky, AP

Four gay rights activists arrested in Russia during Olympics protest

Friday, February 7, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Russian police have arrested four gay rights activists protesting in St. Petersburg on the opening day of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. [ Read more → ]

Bomb threat disrupts opening of St. Petersburg LGBT Film Festival

Thursday, November 21, 2013
ST. PETERBURG, Russia — Queer Russia is reporting that a bomb threat has delayed the opening of the St. Petersburg LGBT Film Festival. [ Read more → ]
VK.comDmitry Chizhevsky

Masked thugs invade Russian LGBT activist meeting, one victim may lose eye

Monday, November 4, 2013
SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia -- Using baseball bats and air-pellet guns, a group of masked thugs forced their way into a meeting of LGBT equality rights activists Sunday, attacking those in attendance. [ Read more → ]
Dmitry Lovetsk, APRiot police detain gay rights activists after a scuffle with anti-gay protesters during an LGBT rally in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.

‘Coming Out’ rally in St. Petersburg, Russia ends in violence

Saturday, October 12, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Sixty-seven people were arrested Saturday at an LGBT event in St. Petersburg, Russia, as anti-gay protesters clashed with LGBT rights advocates, a police official told LGBTQ Nation. [ Read more → ]
Pablo Martinez Monsivais, APPresident Barack Obama gestures while speaking during a "Civil Society Roundtable" with LGBT and human rights activists on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Obama says LGBT and human rights activists are strengthening Russia

Friday, September 6, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- President Barack Obama is telling gay rights activists and other Russian civil leaders that they are strengthening their country. [ Read more → ]
Elena Ignatyeva, APPolice officers snatch an artwork representing leaders of the G20 summit during a protest Wednesday against G20 Summit in front of Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Human rights activists target Russian anti-gay law at G20 protests

Thursday, September 5, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Spaced out along St. Petersburg's main thoroughfare, about a dozen human rights activists staged individual protests to attract the attention of leaders of the world's biggest economies to human rights violations in Russia. [ Read more → ]
Barack Obama

Obama to meet with human rights, LGBT activists while in Russia

Monday, September 2, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will meet with several LGBT and human rights activists during his trip to Russia for the G20 conference, a White House source confirmed Monday. [ Read more → ]
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Lansing, Mich., votes to end ‘sister city’ relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
LANSING, Mich. -- The city council in Lansing, Mich., on Monday voted unanimously to adopt a resolution calling for an end to its "sister cities" relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia, over country's anti-gay "propaganda" law. [ Read more → ]
Dmitry Lovetsky, APGay rights activists shout slogans during their authorized rally in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, June 29, 2013. Police detained several gay activists, who were outnumbered by the protesters. Dozens of gay activists had to be protected by police as they gathered for the parade, which proceeded with official approval despite recently passed legislation targeting gays.

Dozens arrested at ‘unauthorized’ gay pride rally in Russia

Saturday, June 29, 2013
MOSCOW — Russian police have arrested several gay rights activists and Russian nationalists who confronted them at a rally declared illegal under a new law against "gay propaganda." [ Read more → ]
Lady Gaga, arriving in St. Petersburg, Russia on Dec. 7.Photo via Lady Gaga on Facebook.

Lady Gaga accused of promoting gay rights at concert in Russia

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
A conservative Russian lawmaker is threatening legal action against American pop star Lady Gaga for allegedly promoting gay rights to minors during a concert in St. Petersburg, Russia on Sunday night. [ Read more → ]

Russian Parliament to consider adopting national anti-gay legislation

Thursday, November 29, 2012
MOSCOW -- The Russian State Parliament will hear the first reading of a federal level bill that is designed after a series of regional laws banning so-called "propaganda of homosexualism." [ Read more → ]

Russian court dismisses lawsuit against Madonna for promoting homosexuality

Saturday, November 24, 2012
A Russian court has dismissed a lawsuit against pop superstar Madonna, rejecting claims that her actions during a concert in St. Petersburg in August violated a local law against promoting homosexual behavior. [ Read more → ]

Anti-gay Russians sue Madonna for $10.5 million for ‘promoting homosexuality’

Sunday, August 19, 2012
MOSCOW -- Pop icon Madonna is being sued for more than $10 million by Russian activists who claimed they were offended by her support for gay rights during a recent concert in St. Petersburg, Russia. [ Read more → ]

Russian gay rights activists arrested for violating ‘gay propaganda’ law

Saturday, April 7, 2012
Police in the Russian city of St. Petersburg arrested two gay rights activists this week, the first such arrests for violating a controversial new law that bans the "promotion of homosexuality" to minors. The two men, Alexei Kiselyov and Cyril Nepomnyashiy, were protesting Thursday in... [ Read more → ]

Nureyev’s destiny for 21st century St. Petersburg

Sunday, November 27, 2011
In November 2011, St. Petersburg shocked the world. Legislative Assembly of one of the world's cultural capitals approved in its first reading the bill which outlaws promotion of homosexuality, transsexuality and pedophilia to minors... [ Read more → ]

St. Petersburg parliament temporarily postpones anti-gay law

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
St. Petersburg's parliament on Wednesday said it would review a controversial bill banning so-called "gay propaganda that targets children." The law -- which has been slammed by critics as too discriminative -- has been postponed in order to clarify its wording. [ Read more → ]

Legislative assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia approves anti-gay law

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Russia’s second city has passed a law banning so-called “gay propaganda.” The law, which has been rushed through the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, prohibits so-called propaganda of “sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism, and pedophilia to minors.” [ Read more → ]
Polina Savchenko

St. Petersburg latest Russian region to propose anti-gay law

Monday, November 14, 2011
Two regions of Russia – Arkhangelsk and Ryazan – have passed laws banning what they call gay "propoganda" -- laws that have been deemed constitutional by Russian courts despite the chilling of free speech and the attack on LGBT organizing, and ability to protest that they represent. Now the St. Petersburg region wants to introduce a similar law. [ Read more → ]

LGBT demonstrators in Russia attacked, jailed for unauthorized gay pride

Sunday, June 26, 2011
Russian police have arrested at least 14 LGBT activists for holding a unauthorized gay pride demonstration in St Petersburg on Saturday. [ Read more → ]
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