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.


It’s become a tradition across the globe to celebrate LGBT Pride in the last days of June. Usually, such events are held on the weekend closest to the 28 June, as it was on that day that the modern LGBT movement in the USA began in earnest. It was an initiative that inspired strategies and tactics of human rights advocacy in many other countries. Although it takes different forms across the world, LGBT pride raises issues of freedom of expression, human rights, and healthcare for LGBT people. Continue reading on OpenDemocracy —->

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)”

Do Russians give a damn about homosexuality?

AnonThe Russian parliament has been debating the issue of ‘gay propaganda’ since last year, and although the final wording of the new law has been softened to make it less explicit, there is no doubt that its discriminatory meaning is the same. The conservative MPs standing behind the controversial laws almost universally claim they are doing so with the backing of the general public, arguing that for most Russians homosexuality is unacceptable and alien. Is it so? Continue reading on OpenDemocracy —->

Sexuality and Citizenship: Practices of Exclusion in the USSR and Contemporary Russia

On the 12th of March at 17:00 a ‘Law and Society’ seminar by Alexander Kondakov will be held at the Centre for Independent Social Research: “Sexuality and Citizenship: Practices of Exclusion in the USSR and Contemporary Russia.”

The seminar is dedicated to the first results of ‘Sexuality and Citizenship‘ project that seeks to find out how sexual citizenship regime influenced people’s conduct of conduct. What are the mechanisms of this influence? How the concept of citizenship is helpful in a social research of the USSR and Russia?