Feb 10

LGBTQ in Russia and Customs Union countries (Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan)

Lgbt arrests on day of opening ceremonies for unpermitted demo with banner quoting Olympic charter

Anastasia Smirnova Facebook post about being arrested

IOC defense of arrests

Lena Klimova letter to lgbtq youth

WPost on increased enforcement of propaganda ban

Slon infographic on uptick in gay propaganda prosecutions

Oleg Dusaev and his boyfriend Dmitriy Stepanov, excerpt from Gay Propaganda

Masha Gessen on Chris Hayes

Dazed Digital story

Some buzzfeed profiles: 7 LGBT do solo protests without getting arrested and lgbt far from the cities with photos

Russian pro lgbt comedy video

Antigay pseudoscience in Russia

Letter from IOC to Russian lgbt about progay speech and action at the Olympics

HRW on activists in profiles in courage

Russian gays’ ambivalence about Western response

pictures of Russian lgbtq activists

Laurie Essig on queer academe in Russia

Heavy handed western media hurts Russian LGBTQ, says Russian state TV channel RT

Putin tells lgbt to stop being aggressive and seeking attention

LGBTQ in contested countries (Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia)

On stigma and gay bias against gender non conforming lgbt in ukraine

Art exhibit in Kiev

Kiev Protests/ the Euromaidan

Foreign affairs: Ukraine is disrupting message Putin wanted Sochi to send

Victoria Nuland recorded saying “fuck the EU”

Civil Society and Political Opposition in Russia

TV Rain is being closed by cable carriers refusing to carry it

Filmmaker Alexander Sokurov open letter to Putin on TV rain being closed by government pressure (in Snob)

Arrests of political opposition/ pro democracy activists on day of opening ceremonies

Miriam Elder on pussy riot

Pussy riot letter about Nadya and Masha

Crackdown on environmental activists

Dmitry Berdnikov, leader of the civil society movement ‘Against crime and lawlessness’ was detained this morning at Kazan airport while going through passport controls. ‘I was about to fly to the Olympics in Sochi, said Berdnikov in a call to the Kazan bureau of the Novaya gazeta newspaper. I have tickets to the games. I had already checked in my luggage and went through registration, but when I was boarding the plane I was stopped by police officials. They told me that one of the pages of my passport was damaged. Now I am at a police station. The plane has already taken off’.

Arseny Roginsky interview: What is Memorial?

Western Activist, Civil Society, Celebrity, and Governmental Responses to Russian LGBTQ Crisis

200 authors, including Salman Rushdie, oppose gay propaganda ban and blasphemy law

Hunted on Channel 4 Dispatches in UK

Twitter takeover: pro lgbt activists hijack “#cheerstosochi hashtag

Western demonstrations during the Opening Ceremony (per Anastasia Smirnova)
Vancouver, Canada
Berlin, Germany
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Lisbon, Portugal
Ottawa, Canada
San Antonio, USA
New York, USA
New York, USA: debut of tracksuits by AK Burns, Jibz Cameron, TM Davy, Christian Dietkus, Scott Hug, Casey Legler, Kalup Linzy, Michael Mahalchick, Ryan McNamara, Robert Melee, Lucas Michael, Wardell Milan, David Mramor, Jack Pierson, Colin Self
Berlin (and probably other cities in Germany)
Paris, Nantes, Marseille, France
Manchester, UK
Washington, DC, USA

Video for Russia Freedom Fund with inaccurate/exaggerated information about laws in Russia

Norwegian commercial with lesbian kiss

Jim Hodges video of countries with flags and sentences for gay related activity

Funny or die video

Yelena Goltsman profile in tablet

European Parliament statement against antigay laws

Sochi Olympics

Racist tweet from woman who lit Olympic flame

Sochi liveblog on The Interpreter

Window on Eurasia – last Countdown to Sochi

Ban Ki Moon speech against homophobia

Fred Weir (CSM) on Western leaders non attendance

The 7 openly gay athletes at Sochi (all women)

Austrian lesbian ski jumper Daniela Iraschko-Stolz says Western reaction to Russian law is exaggerated (video in German but dubbed into Russian)

Power Vertical special episode of podcast on Sochi

Future Olympics and the World Cups (Brazil 2014, Russia 2018, Qatar 2022)

Brazil World Cup: lack of transparency in planning process foils protesters

Geopolitical Context

Foreign Affairs: why putin insists russia organic part of Muslim world

Putin and obscurantism

Relationship between GDP and homophobia

Stephen Wood on rethinking entry points into sexual rights advocacy

“the Russian Turn”: laws in African countries to ban pro gay speech or political association/ organizing. Divestment and aid conditionality arguments.

PRA on “beyond Russia”

Ian Scott Horst in Kasama Project on imperialism and homophobia in Africa

Nigerian antigay law in BBC and NYTimes. Whisper campaign in Nigeria to round up potentially gay men. NY Times editorial on Nigeria. Washington Post editorial on Nigeria. Guardian profile of the lgbt activists in Nigeria.

Creative time on living in fear in Uganda. church where lgbt Ugandans find a haven

The US-Based International Social Conservative Movement

Stop Scott Lively

Nov 24

1. In the night of November 23 a well-known Moscow gay club “Central Station” was again under attack . Unknown malefactors sprayed some harmful gas inside the club among about 500 attendees. Several people sought medical attention but refused to go to a hospital.

Visitors metropolitan gay club “Central Station” for the fourth time they tried to poison gas

“In Moscow gay club ‘Central Station’ unknown sprayed gas. At this point in the room, there were about five hundred people. Employees of institutions failed in a few minutes to deal with gas using smoke machines. As reported by LifeNews, several visitors asked for help from doctors, but refused hospitalization. According to CEO Andrew Leszczynski places, this is the fourth case where the visitor places trying to poison him. ‘This is the fourth provocation against the club arranged by unknown persons. We believe that they are connected with the building owner’ he said. ‘Spray the gas in the premises of the club, thereby trying to express his extremist views against the LGBT community, who likes to visit our club.’ The club’s management intends to apply to the police to deal with the incident, to find intruders and prevent such actions.”

2. Attackers second time “undermine” venue LGBT Film Festival movie “Side by Side”. Threats of violence are pouring in social networks.

Sunday morning: @sidebysideff: #IMPORTANT Today screenings will not be! We take a break for #one day to solve some organizational issues. Stay tuned for updates. #RT

3. Putin has lost control of non state actors. “It seems even Putin understands that control of the situation in the country is lost, and at any time before February 2014 can be brutally murdered or tortured even any foreign or Russian citizen that may entail disruption of the Sochi Olympics.”

4. HRW on anti trans law in Ukraine “Order No. 60 of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health Protection requires transgender people to first undergo 30 to 45 days of confinement in a psychiatric institution to be diagnosed with ‘transsexualism.’ Having children under 18, being married, or disagreeing with the volume of surgeries required by law all stand in the way of something that should be straightforward: obtaining a passport with one’s true name and gender recognized.”

5. Euromaidan protest in Kiev draws 100k… ends in rioting, tear gas, and tent city construction

Images and Photos. Power Vertical podcast on Vilnius; Russian poster on Ukraine’s choice EU vs Russia. Interactive cartoon on Vilnius

6. Consequences for moldova of Ukraine’s choice
” If [ukraine] decides to join the customs union with Russia, says Mr Leanca, it will be ‘more difficult for us to resist pressure.’ One source of that pressure is Transnistria where Russian soldiers are stationed. The leadership of Transnistria wants Russia to recognise it. ”

Lithuanian expert: Transnistria was created to control the destiny of Moldova

7. Mike Bohm on “My Clash With Homophobes on Russian TV

 

8. Minky Worden in Washington Post: Russia’s anti-gay laws threaten the Olympics’ character

9. International financial services corporations may pressure or boycott countries where gays are discriminated against
“‘We are probably not there yet but I think in some of these markets we may reach a tipping point where corporates will say we are not prepared to do business in this market.’ Jeff Davis, a managing director at Barclays Bank, revealed he was surprised by pleased his firm took a strong stance against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill – dubbed the Kill the Gays Bill in Uganda. Bank executives met with Ugandan government leaders to speak against the legislation which has now stalled again. And Colin Grassie, the chief executive of Deutsche Bank UK, indicated that intervening in homophobic and transphobic countries is now relatively common. He said: ‘We have talked to regulators, we have talked to politicians and we have talked to people in authority and we have said we know you have a starting point and it does not dignify you. ‘It is not consistent with global standards so you are sub-standard.'”

10. On November, 23 activists blocked the Leipzig Globano conference center entrance as a start of the protest staged in Germany against conference of the right wing magazine “Compact” with participation of homophobic Russian MP Elena Mizulina, main lobbyist of the gay propaganda to minors ban law, Alexey Kozlov reports.

Video

11. The Svoboda party in Ukraine is homophobic, nationalist, far right, anti Semitic and anti Russian. But pro EU.

12. Che Guevara In The Caucasus
Armed only with four bumbling communists, 26 bottles of wine, some Soviet catnip, and $200,000 that may or may not have existed, a lone wolf lawmaker from Georgia tried to start a revolution in Vladimir Putin’s Russia. It didn’t quite go as planned.
To viewers of Russian state television, he is a criminal mastermind from a rogue state who uses witless activists as pawns in dastardly plots against the Kremlin. To Mikhail Saakashvili, the man who was president of Georgia for nine years until Sunday, he is “our benign merchant Che Guevara,” selflessly spreading Western ideas of freedom and democracy to the darkest corners of the former Soviet Union. To Russia’s embattled opposition, he is a dangerous provocateur whose meddling all but unraveled their movement just at the moment when Vladimir Putin began to crack down.

Givi Targamadze, a doughy, slightly graying Georgian member of parliament who speaks Russian with a molasses-thick accent and laughs in seal-like whelps, seems an unlikely candidate for all these roles.

13. New book to highlight ‘Well Managed Cover-Up’ Of Ukrainian Famine