Guide to the Database of Violence

lisimyshonokWhat is The Database of Violence against LGBT People in Russia and how to use it?

A short guide

This Database is a full list of Russian media publications on violence against LGBT population. Currently, the Database includes newspaper and journal articles, as well as web-sites entries from a larger database Integrum for the period from 2011 to 2016. The Database contains more than 4000 entries. Included materials satisfy the following criteria: (1) it is a publication in a Russian media (SMI); (2) the publication is about violence; (3) the publication notes sexuality of the victim of violence as lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, or transgender persons; (4) the episode of violence was committed in Russia. The Database is a systematized source of information for further academic, student and advocacy research.

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Charting Russia’s most dangerous cities for LGBT people

Here are the towns where it’s dangerous to be gay in Russia. A culture of silence and a law “against propaganda” are keeping them that way.


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Court decisions on crimes against LGBT

The analysis of court decisions demonstrates the quantity and types of hate crimes against LGBT people in Russia. The nature of the limitations of this study is dictated by the source of the information: this is the minimal available data based on official documents. On the graph you can see the number of convictions in the first-level courts for 2010-2015 cases qualified in the study as hate crimes against LGBT: Continue reading “Court decisions on crimes against LGBT”

Hate crime (background)

In 2013 the State Duma (Parliament) of Russia passed a law against “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations”, which includes a ban on distributing of information about homosexuality, bisexuality and transgender issues. In clarifying the subject regulated by this law, some Russian politicians claimed that nobody oppresses or discriminates against LGBT people; the law “just” limits the distribution of information about LGBT among minors. However, according to various media sources, we can observe systematic hate crimes against LGBT, while the law against “propaganda” legitimized these crimes and provoked their growth. In this light, statements of the politicians seem groundless and unreasonable. Continue reading “Hate crime (background)”