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Lesbian dance instructor found murdered in St. Petersburg, Russia

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Ekaterina Khomenko
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — A lesbian dance instructor was found murdered in her car in the Russian city of St Petersburg on Sunday, reported QueerRussia. Ekaterina Khomenko, 29, who was known in the local LGBT community as an instructor of tango for same-sex couples, was found with a 9 cm slit in her throat. Police are now treating her death ...

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

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Dmitry Chyzhevsky lost vision in his left eye from injuries sustained in the attack.
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.

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Four gay rights activists arrested in Russia during Olympics protest

Friday, February 7, 2014
Dmitry Lovetsky, AP
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.

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Bomb threat disrupts opening of St. Petersburg LGBT Film Festival

Thursday, November 21, 2013
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ST. PETERBURG, Russia — Queer Russia is reporting that a bomb threat has delayed the opening of the St. Petersburg LGBT Film Festival.

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

Monday, November 4, 2013
VK.comDmitry Chizhevsky
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.

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

Saturday, October 12, 2013
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.
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.

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Obama says LGBT and human rights activists are strengthening Russia

Friday, September 6, 2013
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.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- President Barack Obama is telling gay rights activists and other Russian civil leaders that they are strengthening their country.

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

Thursday, September 5, 2013
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.
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.

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

Monday, September 2, 2013
Barack Obama
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.

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Lansing, Mich., votes to end ‘sister city’ relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Lansing, Mich.
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.

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