Dec 4

Russian LGBTQ news

On November 20, 2013, “Coming Out” LGBT organization lodged its first complaint to the European Court of Human Rights against discrimination and violation of LGBT rights to freedom of assembly.

Russian state continues its prosecution of LGBT Organization “Coming out”. Having failed in its attempt to bring administrative action against “Coming Out” for not entering the registry of foreign agents, the [government] attorney office sued second time – now with civil suit. According to the prosecutor it brings harm to indefinite range of persons that “Coming out” is not in the registry. Court session scheduled on December 4.

In the first conviction under Russia’s “gay propaganda” law, a court in Arkhangelsk has found two LGBT activists guilty of promoting “non-traditional” relationships to minors and fined each of them 4,000 rubles ($120). The Constitutional Court found the ban on “gay propaganda” to be constitutional.

Gus van Sant‘s talk at the Side by Side film festival. A woman writes of her anger that a pro Putin artist was present. (article in English here.) Two photo sets of closing ceremony with awards.

Milonov proposes that Russia grant visas to homophobes “spiritually oppressed” in other countries.

Ukrainian pro EU protests — aka the “Euromaidan”

Ukrainian Protesters Block Central Bank

NATO and European politicians have expressed their support for Ukrainian anti-government protesters, disputing a statement by President Vladimir Putin that the demonstrations in Kiev represented “not a revolution, but a pogrom.”

Masha Gessen on Russian opposition envy of Ukrainian protests

Kasparov tweets on Ukraine

Possible call for general strike in Ukraine to protest pivot towards Russia

The 11 demonstrators detained Monday while picketing the Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow have been released, protest participant and co-leader of the RPR-Parnas party Boris Nemtsov said.

Russia claims Euromaidan in Kiev is an anti Russian pogrom

Some observers criticize the EU’s trade and loan terms offered to Ukraine:

1. Sean Guillory
Thoughts on Ukraine. Also: Ukrainians’ favoring the association agreement with the EU might turn that relationship into a false promise, reading possibilities into the association agreement that aren’t actually there.

2. Mark Adomanis
5 things you should know about Ukraine. Also: “the European Union isn’t just having a bad year, it has been economically stagnant for the better part of a decade. Per capita incomes in the EU are essentially unchanged since 2006. And unemployment in the EU has been on a remorseless rise since 2008, and there is no end in site.”

3. Moscow Times editorialist
“But both positions miss the point of Ukraine’s decade-long instability as it totters between pro-Russian and pro-European groups of roughly the same size. Both Russia and the EU have marched in headlong pursuit of their own geopolitical and economic objectives, exacerbating willy-nilly the local tensions.”

4. Nicolai Petro in NYT

Russian influence on the region and regional migrants within Russia

Russian pressure on Moldova continues

Nineteen people have been killed and 168 others have been injured in ethnically charged attacks in Russia so far this year, a think-tank that monitors xenophobia and extremism said in a report released Tuesday.

LGBT and the Olympics

Johnny Weir’s talk at Barnard and the Queer Nation protest outside

Longer version of meeting between IOC head Bach and Russian LGBT in Paris

NYT on Principle 6

LGBTQ in the region

1. Ukraine
Kolesnichenko and Co. continue to keep watch to save “family values” from the European Union (VIDEO)
Six members of the Party of Regions proposes to amend the text of the Association Agreement with the EU, and these changes are aimed at “protecting the institution of family and traditional values ​​in Ukraine.”

2. Armenia
Today, the 2nd of December in Yerevan is crowded protest against Armenia’s accession to the Customs Union so-called dedicated to the visit of Russian President Putin to Armenia.

A well known brave activist Lala Aslikyan brought a rainbow flag, symbol of LGBT rights movement, to the protest march in Yerevan

3. Belarus
Belarus: Article on gay man wins German award

4. Moldova
Gay rights could be major hurdle for Moldova’s EU bid
Moldova’s lack of protection for the LGBT community, which says it faces constant abuse and discrimination, is out of sync with EU standards for minority rights.

5. EU member states: Croatia and Lithuania
Croatians back same-sex marriage ban in referendum

Antigay laws in Lithuania

6. Georgia
Special advisor on EU matters recommends that Georgia look to example of Poland, where government changed popular prejudices on LGBTQ

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