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They called out the name of the asylum seeker inside, Movsar Eskarkhanov, a year-old from the Russian region of Chechnya, who had just finished his evening prayers. Thin and frail from the stress of his travels, Eskarkhanov had come to Germany and applied for asylum, first in the summer of and again in the fall of last year, to escape the persecution he faced back home for being gay. When he opened the door, he saw that one of the three men was wearing a mask and carrying a knife. Since early April, a wave of attacks against homosexual men has been reported spreading across the region of Chechnya , a deeply conservative part of Russia that is predominantly Muslim. The details were gruesome; local police had allegedly rounded up dozens of men and tortured them in secret prisons until they divulged the names of other homosexuals, who were then subjected to the same cycle of violence, according to an April report in independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta. Several of the victims had been beaten or tortured to death, the paper claimed.

Russian man sues Apple for 'making him gay'

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Employment discrimination[ edit ] Anton Krasovsky , an HIV-positive television news anchor at government-run KontrTV, was immediately fired [71] [72] from his job in January when he announced during a live broadcast that he is gay and disgusted by the national anti-gay "propaganda" legislation that had been proposed although had not yet passed. A few political parties without members in the Duma have expressed some limited support for LGBT rights. Yabloko is a member of the Liberal International , and has organized public demonstrations against intolerance under the banner of building a "Russia without pogroms. While they admit that they probably will not win a seat, they were supported by a liberal coalition. They are also probably the first openly gay candidates to run for seats in the Russian parliament. Violent criminal acts carried out against these persons are prosecuted as criminal offenses under Russian law, but the fact that these crimes are motivated by the sexual orientation or gender identity of the victim is not considered an aggravating factor when the court determines the sentence. Among the more vicious crimes that would qualify as hate crimes outside of Russia and are reported in the press would include the following; On 9 May , after Victory Day parades in Volgograd , the body of a year-old man was found tortured and murdered by three males who stated anti-homosexual motivations, even though family and friends state the victim had no behavior inclination.

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Background[ edit ] The status of LGBT rights in the Chechen Republic has long been a source of concern among human rights organizations including Amnesty International and it has also been described as being "especially bleak" within the Russian Federation as a whole. However, in Chechnya, as in other regions of southern Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin "has empowered local leaders to enforce their interpretation of traditional values, partly in an effort to co-opt religious extremism , which has largely been driven underground". The application in this district was denied by the Kabardino-Balkar authorities.
So is Russia safe for gay travellers to visit? Gay rights in Russia The good news first: it is legal to be gay in Russia! In fact it has been legal since In addition, the age for sexual consent 16 years old has been the same for both straight and gay couples since , except in Chechnya.
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