Overview piece with gessen video interview via link
Brussels event October 16
Is Russian popular bias against lgbt exaggerated?
Journalists denied visas for sochi Olympics
Interview with Igor kochetkov (in Russian)
Russian Duma speaker invites PACE delegates to visit gay clubs
How Armenia ruling regime and Putin’s Russia fooled the EU over Association Agreement
The ‘Gender Equality Law’ Hysteria in Armenia
Armenian gay website back up and running after hiatus
Amnesty Decries Lack Of Protection For Gays, Dissenters In Armenia
German Olympic uniforms easy to misread
Ukrainian churches support European integration of Ukraine
Gold medalist Bode miller on antigay laws
Some contrarian thoughts on Russia and The Gays
Interview with activist Nikolai Baev
Regional court decides against regional propaganda law
The bill to add homosexuality as a condition to terminate child custody has been accepted by Duma committee on the family, women, and children. Request for comment until nov 10. Will be discussed in feb 2014. (Ie post sochi Olympics)
A St. Petersburg court has backed the authorities over the dispersal of an authorised St. Petersburg LGBT Pride event that took place on the Field of Mars on June 29.
Campaign to Email coke execs re Olympics and Russia
Similar one for land grabs
Masha gessen on gay and HIV+ man facing drug charges as intimidation tactic
Parent says their child’s teacher guilty of “molesting children” by assigning French novel in her class.
Relatives of the Bolotnaya Square Prisoners Write to Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin
Campaign “rerunthevote” against the Qatar World Cup focuses on labor violations and Players’ contracts
Do sports mega events change cultures of host countries? Profiles of FIFA head Sepp Blatter who opposes “imperialism” of developed-world soccer locations. in nytimes
And cnn http://worldsport.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/02/fifas-folly-whats-riding-on-the-qatar-question
Window on Eurasia: Ukrainian Branch of Moscow Patriarchate Backs Kyiv’s European Course
Marketing magazine (Canada) advises Olympic sponsors on how to respond to criticism and how to navigate polarizing social issues
New HRW report on expulsion of migrant labor now that Sochi construction is winding down
Snowboarding gold medalist Hannah Teter is pro boycott http://keepingscore.blogs.time.com/2013/10/02/u-s-snowboarder-hannah-teter-boycott-the-sochi-olympics/
Portraits of Russian lesbian couples
Gazprom monopoly and price gouging in baltics and central europe means Lithuania pays 30% more than Western EU countries
Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin answers questions from Europeans in council of Europe on the antigay law
Side by side film fest curator goes to Venice film fest to discuss emerging filmmaker Xavier Dolan
Plan through 2018 for Ukrainian lgbt group
“Russia’s Osama bin Laden” urges destruction of Sochi games
Igor Kochetkov’s account of his recent US visit (in Russian)
Russia-Moldova trade war hits Moldovan plums
Russian gvt alleges EU integration is secretly part of covert plan for Romanian takeover of Moldova
Russia May Bar Moldovan Workers
Moldova’s antigay law is confusing given pro EU gvt “Of All Places, Is Moldova Leading on Gay Rights?”
Church Pressures Moldova’s Government To Repeal Antidiscrimination Laws
Moldovan Activists Accuse Lawmakers Of Secretly Adopting ‘Gay-Propaganda’ Law
Lessons from Estonia for Ukraine and Moldova’s attempt to exit Russian zone of influence
Kazakhstan is also discussing multiple antigay bills. It is the only confirmed bidder (so far) for 2022 Winter Olympics
Kazakhstan’s Parliament Hears Another Call for Law to ban homosexual relations
A Kazakh legislator will introduce a ban on “gay propaganda to minors” this fall
A big public lesbian wedding caused consternation in April
Kyrgyzstan Q&A: Author of “Foreign Agents” Bill Seeks to Thwart “Sabotage”
NOM activist Brian Brown went to Russia at invitation of family women children committee; helped draft law to ban same sex couple adoption http://www.joemygod.blogspot.com/2013/10/report-noms-brian-brown-collaborated.html?m=1
Anna Grzymala-Busse, “The Sacralization of Politics in Europe and Beyond” http://youtu.be/71890CKg5SU
photojournalism of migrant labor in sochi by the sochi project, the visa-denied journalists.
The abbot of the world famous Kyiv Pechersk Lavra [Monastery] has Ukraine’s only up to date HIV clinic removed from its grounds after a smear campaign in the media where a senior churchman referred to its users as ‘sinners’
Is Russian bullying backfiring, accelerating Ukraine’s integration into Europe?
West or east?
The European Union should sign a deal with Ukraine—but only if Yulia Tymoshenko is freed
Window on Eurasia: Kremlin Could Lose Even Belarus to Europe, Commentator Says
Dirty tricks undermine media freedom in Ukraine
A second regional council in Ukraine on Thursday approved a government draft for a $10 billion shale gas production-sharing agreement with U.S. energy major Chevron, clearing the way for it to be signed.
FIFA unresponsive on Qatar labor abuses but talking about changing season of cup from summer to winter “Global dispute over Qatar 2022 World Cup needs immediate settlement to save lives. FIFA ‘courtesy visit’ will not help workers’ rights” http://www.ituc-csi.org/global-dispute-over-qatar-2022?lang=en
FIFA agrees to set up Qatar World Cup task force
World Cup 2022: only a rerun of votes by Fifa will achieve credibility
Qatar: A Conspiracy of Silence
Interview with Igor Iasine — he discourages involving governments or government officials in any way “it is necessary to avoid turning LGBT issues into an international conflict between Russia and Western states or used it as a tool in a renewed ‘cold war’. It’d be more useful to distance the movement from the official bodies and governments, and lead a campaign of protest and solidarity in Russia and around the world. It’s possible to combine different methods of pressure on the Russian authorities and public figures, including the boycotts of certain companies and products, disclose the truth, perform demarches, directly support activists and victims of repression and violence, avoiding the aggravation or confrontation that may be harmful to the LGBT activism in the country.”
State dept issues travel advisory about Russia for LGBTQ http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2013/10/04/59471
Representatives of the Russian authorities and the Swedish embassy met to discuss Swedish adoptions of Russian children. Russia is seeking to sign agreements with individual countries to ensure that Russian children do not come to LGBT parents.
Former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov urges Sochi audience boycott. says that European leaders should stop “embracing” Russian President Vladimir Putin and not come to the Sochi Olympiad lest they give him a propaganda victory http://www.euroua.com/world/russia/2223-rossijskaya-oppozitsiya-prizyvaet-es-bojkotirovat-olimpiadu-v-sochi.
First Russian lgbt refugee gets asylum in Germany
Russia denies entry visa to head of FIFA ethics committee. He is tasked with researching “any violations of the ethics code” in the decisions to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively. Many allege that bribery and French government pressure in favor of Qatar distorted the 2010 FIFA vote to give russia and Qatar world cups.
Moscow denies Amnesty International the right to have event to discuss Russian human rights abuses
Some Russian Orthodox clergy, including a few hierarchs, have complained about the prayers to Zeus offered at the Olympic flame lighting ceremony, but other say that this is just a tradition and does not constitute an insult to Christian believers http://www.pravmir.ru/molitva-zevsu-yazycheskij-obryad-ili-prostaya-formalnos-1/.
Overview of human rights violations and waste/ corruption at next three World Cup locations (Brazil Russia and Qatar)
Today’s roundup is short.
Six LGBT activists marched along the Arbat with burning fire and chanting, “Hitler, too, began with gays. No fascism in Russia.” So they protested against a bill to deprive the rights of LGBT parents.
Moscow Times features pro-gay Swedish fashion advertisement
Russian Anger at Ukrainian Church Support for EU Integration Proving Counterproductive, may lead to schism within Moscow Patriarchate
Two Moscow artists do political art in Zubov Glade and Yavas, town near penal colony where pussy riot member is held. They educate about the conditions in the penal colony.
Brian brown was among a group of western (mostly French) anti queer/trans people who went to arm the Russians with their pseudo science http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/topics/globalizing-homophobia
LGBT organization ‘coming out St. Petersburg’ will not be fined under the law on ‘foreign agents’ but only because of statute of limitations — too much time had passed. on the merits the court found that Coming Out’s failure to register as foreign agents was a crime. http://grani.ru/Society/ngo/m.219823.html and http://www.interfax.ru/russia/news.asp?id=333146
For coming out week, “Straights for Equality” activists are asking members to post this link with pink triangle on their VK pages
Russian pseudo academic speaks on BBC Radio 5, claims homosexuality is curable medically “Medicine…can be in use for the moving from the homosexual sexuality to the normal sexuality…Now we have some different medicine research which is ready to make… [people] move [from] the homosexual […] to the more normal sexuality … gay politicians [are] blocking such medical research”.
Daniel Barenboim and others will perform in Berlin tonight at concert for anniversary of murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Money goes to Russian orphanage.
http://grani.ru/culture/music/m.219836.html Gidon Kremer statement http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZY9FR4LXrE and criticism of Netrebko and Gergiev http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/Article/352451,kremer-argerich-and-barenboim-to-perform-anti-putin-concert.aspx
A new report says Russia will be able to read every phone and Internet communication sent at the Olympics with a surveillance system some are calling ‘PRISM on steroids.’
Immigration Equality publishes Russian language FAQ on LGBTQ asylum claims in USA http://t.co/es7BJXFrNO
Planning for sochi after the Olympics
Economist video on Sochi: strange geographic choice (summer resort with no snow, near conflict zone, no infrastructure) and most expensive Olympics ever
Is the Protest Mood Shifting from Moscow to the Regions?
London theater event and fundraiser for AllOut and Peter Tatchell Foundation took place on Sunday 10/6 https://torussialgbtwithlove.eventbrite.co.uk/ and https://m.facebook.com/events/1377525352472204/
Canada only: CBC doc on Road to Sochi (corruption, decisionmaking, etc) airs oct 12 http://www.cbc.ca/passionateeye/m/episodes/putins-road-to-sochi
Ukraine will most likely continue to remain ambiguous, joining neither the EU nor Russia, for a while
St Petersburg City Court removed the “foreign agent” label from side by side lgbt film festival. Background here:
http://m.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/08/a-terrible-time-to-be-gay-in-russia.html?mbid=social_retweet and http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/06/25/russia-harsh-toll-foreign-agents-law
Michael kosenko of Bolotnaya case sentenced to psychiatric hospital with no specified time frame, thus an indefinite sentence
Masha Gessen on Berlin concert Monday night: “In Berlin this year, some musicians apparently feared being associated with a political cause, thereby finding themselves in opposition to what remains one of the world’s great music empires. Daniel Barenboim, who founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which brings together Arab and Israeli musicians, is no stranger to either politics or controversy. But at some point in the lead-up to Monday’s performance he had his name removed from the billboards and the program. When he wasn’t performing that night, he sat in the audience, as though he just happened to be there. And when he walked on stage twice to play, the cameras just happened to shut off.”
Threats To Gay Parents Still Loom In Russia
Washington DC: “RUSSIA: A POSTMODERN DICTATORSHIP?” has Putin created a new form of authoritarianism? Talk with livestream October 15
Coming out st petersburg statement on anti-custody bill
http://comingoutspb.ru/ru/news/statement and http://queerussia.info/2013/10/08/2192/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
There are radfems in russia too
Milonov proposes to ban surrogacy
Ryazan court acquits Moscow activist in test case for no promo homo
Chevron quits Lithuania shale gas exploration tender
Interview with Russian EU envoy on how Russia has more to offer Ukraine than the EU does
Kyrgyzstan to accept road map on joining Customs Union by late 2013
Belarus popular opinion against union with Russia: in case of a referendum 27,6% for unity with #Russia (decreasing), 46,9% against
Some 40 members of the U.S. Congress have sent a letter to the United States Olympic Committee asking for assurances about the treatment and safety of U.S. athletes and spectators at Sochi http://www.rferl.mobi/a/25131121.html
English language explanation of the oct 4 court decision to dismiss charges against lgbt film fest for failing to comply with “foreign agent registration” law. The case against the head of the organization is still pending. the appeal against that guilty verdict, incurring a fine of 300,000 rubles (7,000 Euros) is expected to be heard in late- October – early November, 2013.
Queer Nation will Protest at NYC’s Carnegie Hall on Thursday Oct 10 at 630pm. Gergiev is conducting.
NYC Tourism Closes Office in Russia over Threat to Gays
Russia bans Lithuanian dairy on eve of Vilnius summit in transparent attempt to derail the Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia EU process. 35% of Lithuanian dairy goes to russia. For context, after becoming the first Soviet republic to declare independence in 1990, Lithuania suffered more than a year of trade blockades as Moscow tried to convince it not to leave the Soviet Union.
http://www.ltuworld.com/news-insights/featured-posts/item/199-russia-and-lithuania-from-the-cold-peace-to-the-milky-war and http://www.rferl.mobi/a/25128943.html and http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2013/10/07/russia-now-picking-fight-with-lithuania-as-summit-nears/?#axzz2hF4MZwfv
Infowars over Russian media broadcasting in other countries. Lithuania’s Commission for Radio and Television has demanded an apology from Russia’s First Baltic Channel (PBK) for broadcasting what it says was inaccurate information about the events in Vilnius in January 1991. It has suspended the channel.
Lithuanian law on protecting minors from information means struggle over TV airing of gay pride clips, attempts to impose “pg13” type ratings systems on tv http://en.delfi.lt/44839/lithuanian-gay-league-criticises-national-broadcasters-restrictions-on-gay-pride-clips-201344839/
“Invest Lithuania” marketing ad makes it seem like Europe http://www.copenhagenize.com/2013/09/citizen-cyclists-are-forward-thinking.html?m=1
Footage of Baltic pride in Lithuania
Blogger says Moscow’s attempts to claim that the Ukraine is culturally the heart of the Slavic world could backfire if the Ukraine pivots, embraces gay rights, and then claims it is the true Bearer of the torch of ‘Rus’ culture: “Many Russians and many in the West have been convinced by the work of Moscow’s propaganda ‘machine’ that ‘Ukraine is not simply an inalienable part of historical Russia’ but that Kyiv is ‘the cradle of Orthodoxy and the mother of Russian cities.’ But by creating this image, Moscow has handed the Ukrainians a tool they can use against Russia…. if Ukrainian elites show some inventiveness, they “can even begin to struggle with the Kremlin over the brand ‘Kievan Rus'” ”
Gloves Come Off In Moldova’s Church-State Battle: the church excommunicates politicians it dislikes, denies them communion; in retaliation, politicians threaten tax measures
Moldovan church statement
Orthodox Churches Fight Back As Eastern Europe Pushes To Modernize, Secularize
Arbat district demo made the Times
European Parliament discusses lgbt and other ngos in russia 10/10: “According to the LGBT Intergroup, nine Russian organizations are under legal charges, 18 have received official orders to ‘eliminate violations’ by registering as ‘foreign agents’ and 53 have received ‘warnings’ not to violate the law.” http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/european-parliament-olympics-has-chosen-russia%E2%80%99s-side-gay-hate091013 and http://www.lgbt-ep.eu/parliamentary-work/live-european-parliament-debates-homophobia-and-xenophobia-in-russia/
English language report on coming out st Petersburg court decision
Latvian antigay group “protecting our children” will seek a referendum to pass a no promo homo law (to circumvent legislature where bill languishes)
Lithuanian antigay activists also want a referendum, to pass a more explicitly anti gay censorship law, as current law uses elliptical language. current language is “ban [on] information that would promote sexual relations or other conceptions of concluding a marriage or creating a family other than established in the Constitution or the Civil Code”
More on Brian Brown of NOM
A coded symbol to wear at sochi: A Clever Solution to an Olympic Problem By FRANK BRUNI
Coke is making a Russian anthem for sochi “Coca-Cola has also signed up local Russian talent to create an anthem for the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia, with a message encouraging people to come together for the event. The two artists — rapper Levan “L’One” Gorozia and pop singer Vika Kotorova — are not known outside the host country and are still working to create the final version of the song.”
NBC Universal has sold $800 million in advertising for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, according to Seth Winter, exec VP-sales and marketing for NBC Sports Group. That’s a record for the winter games and coming from fewer advertisers, NBC said.
New “FIFA” laws strip World Cup Workers’ Rights in Russia: “With several construction workers having already lost their lives building new stadiums in St Petersburg and Kazan, Russian unions are concerned that removing worker protections will lead to more exploitation, deaths and injuries”
On Michael Kosenko of Bolotnaya
THE INSANITY OF PROTESTING AGAINST PUTIN
POSTED BY JOSHUA YAFFA
Ian Bateson on Alexei Davydov funeral: “The larger personalities were cool to one another. They had worked together at times, but the same characteristics that made them great activists, being stern, uncompromising, and absolutely sure they were right, did not make it easy for them to get along.
For his part Alekseev for once tried to mend bridges, apologizing to Lyudmila Alexeyeva for publicizing her address as part of a protest when she had not wanted him to. He said the apology was what Davydov would have wanted. His threat to sue her for saying he often lied went unmentioned.
For her part Lyudmila Alexeyeva sat stoic and unfazed. It wasn’t what she had come for.” http://volyablog.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/death-of-a-russian-lgbt-activist/
Another sochi boycott, by Georgians angered by the “participation of a Russian military pilot, Ivan Nechayev, who received a Hero of Russia award for his role in the 2008 Russian-Georgian war, in the Olympic torch relay in Moscow on October 6.”
Belgrade Pride parade banned. Serbia is an EU candidate country. It had been planned for sept 28.
http://www.civilrightsdefenders.org/news/belgrade-pride-parade-banned/ and http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/serbian-right-wings-warn-on-possible-bloodshed
Kaliningrad Rallies Against Russian Dairy Ban via social media
Russia threatens Dutch dairy as well over greenpeace boat in Arctic
Guide to every product russia has banned
Former English football association chairman says FIFA has “ugly” professional culture
World Cup 2022: football cannot ignore Qatar worker deaths, says Sepp Blatter
FIFA replaces barred investigator for Russia probe: the investigatory chamber’s deputy chairman Cornel Borbely will now lead efforts in Russia, as well as in the US.
Ukrainian queer cinema movie is ukraine’s foreign film Oscar entry
Coming out day rally tomorrow oct 12 in st Petersburg at field of Mars. Permitted but authorities are now contesting permit.
ADC Memorial has now become the first NGO facing both administrative and civil proceedings on the basis of the law on so-called “foreign agents”.
Custody case: father claims his ex wife is living with another woman; she claims the woman is her roommate
http://yopolis.ru/cityboom/occasion/14949 and http://www.quarteera.de/news/russlandsorgerechtsentzugweilmuttermiteinerfrauzusammenlebt
Gay Rights Protests Follow Gergiev to Carnegie Hall
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/10/gay-rights-protests-follow-gergiev-to-carnegie-hall/?smid=tw-share&_r=0 And In grani
Request for funds to fight Censorship in lithuania: “The biggest Internet news portals have started branding the LGBT-related articles as an “adult content”. Even more interestingly, LGBT news portal gayline.lt has received the warning from the Inspector’s Office that the information within the website is possibly violating the Law on the Protection of Minors”
Brian Brown of NOM’s speech to the Duma
Maddow’s segment on brown http://video.msnbc.msn.com/rachel-maddow/53250689#53250689
Council of Europe members condemn Lithuanian bills to be discussed this fall: “The Lithuanian parliament is to consider four homophobic or transphobic legislative initiatives in its autumn session: a total ban on gender reassignment, prohibition of same-sex adoption, an amendment to the Criminal Code by which “criticisms of homosexuality” would not constitute hate speech, and the introduction of administrative liability for the “denigration of constitutional moral values and of constitutional fundamentals of family life, as well as organisation of public events contravening public morality”.
Actress opposes Russian censorship law: “Elena Yakovleva, People’s Artist of Russia, one of the leading actors of our time made a criticism of the legislative activity of the State Duma, which, according to her, instead of “poverty and the beyond” deals “far-fetched gay propaganda.”
The representative of the Russian Orthodox Church has called surrogacy “the cover of homosexual tricks.” http://t.co/mrpJlgmybM
Event at Columbia University in NYC nov 6: Transnational LGBT Activism and the Sochi Olympics: Opportunity or Backlash?
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
5:30pm – 7:00pm. pre-reception at 5:00 pm.
James Room, Barnard Hall
panel discussion featuring: •Jane Buchanan, Associate Director, Europe and Central Asia Division, Human Rights Watch •Tanya Domi, LGBT Human Rights Activist and Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, Harriman Institute •Masha Gessen, Journalist and Author of The Man Without a Face: The Rise and Rule of Vladimir Putin •Julia Ioffe, Senior Editor, The New Republic
can the EU promote democracy and human rights in Russia? Via Scott Long
The mainstream portal, “Pravoslaviye i mir,” yesterday published the responses of six Russian Orthodox clergymen to the question “Is the Sochi Olympiad of 2014 a clear indictor of the prestige of the country or is it an expenditure of enormous sums of money on banal vanity?”
Julie Dorf “Focusing our outrage on the new anti-gay law is proving to be a very powerful catalyzing force in politics and the media. Let’s keep that up. But let’s also seize the attention to contextualize these abuses and call for the broader reforms needed in Russia to keep some basic level of democratic freedom for its citizens. Twenty-two years ago, Russian and American LGBT activists helped fight together for democratic reforms for all — that’s a gay tradition we should all support.”
The Children-404 project works with Russian lgbtq teens online, on Facebook, VK, and MySpace. Since july they have done 10+ online livechats with 9 Russian LGBTQ activists and 2 Norwegians. They call them “evening teas.” The interviews are excellent sources of info on different Russian activists’ thinking. And how they met their partners and their zodiac signs.
i put the livechats through google translate and made a word document of the english translations. It’s here https://www.dropbox.com/s/6yfo9hkse7dayym/CHILDREN404INTVUS.doc
The 11th interview, with Valery Sozaev, isn’t online yet. ill upload it later.
1. Guest: ANDREW NASONOV – journalist, LGBT activist, coordinator of the information project ´SQueer,” one of the founders of the initiative group “LGBT -Voronezh “, organizer and participant in various activities and public events . 4593 words 9/30/13
2. Guests : Halvor FRIHAGEN lawyers and CATHERINE Reiersen. Halvor FRIHAGEN – Norwegian lawyer and board member of the LGBT Network, the Norwegian Labour ( Social Democratic ) party.
CATHERINE Reiersen – Russian -born , Norwegian lawyer who was in the court cases related to the guardianship and disputes over parental rights . 5651 words, 9/23/13
3. Guest: Kirill Fedorov – activist of the “Exit”, “Russian LGBT Network” and “Parental movement.” he is a student in the final year of psychology. His picture with the St. Petersburg Gay Pride 2013 went around the world. 3965 words. 9/10/13
4. Guest: ELENA KOSTIUCHENKO – a journalist , a special correspondent for Novaya Gazeta , known LGBT activist , organizer and a permanent member of the public LGBT events. 6392 words, August 27, 2013
5. Guest: NATASHA TSYMBALOVA – founder and coordinator of the ” Alliance for heterosexuals LGBT equality.” 4264 words, August 21, 2013
6. Guest: SERGEY Ilupin – Independent LGBT activist , technical writer, graphic designer interface, a linguist, blogger. 4355 words, August 13, 2013
7. Guest: DANIEL Grachev – activist of the “Alliance of heterosexuals for LGBT equality.” 5068 words, August 8, 2013
8. Guest: MARINA MILLER, gay mom, member of the Parents Club. 2107 words. August 7, 2013
9. Guest: IVAN Simochkin – activist of the “Alliance for equal rights for LGBT heterosexuals”, the administrator pages of the project “Children 404” MySpace and Facebook, the author of the Russian-language biography of Harvey Milk in the Russian Wikipedia , heterosexual father of two children. 3475 words, August 3, 2013
10. Guest: Lena Klimov, the initiator and leader of the project “Children 404” 6659 words, July 28, 2013