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Tanya Lokshina is the Russia program director at Human Rights Watch and Honorary Participant of International Youth Human Rights Movement: As the crisis in Ukraine escalated this spring, the Kremlin’s vicious crackdown on civil society also escalated. Space for independent civic activity in Russia is shrinking dramatically, but international policymakers and the media have been understandably too distracted to do much about it. Since early spring, it seems as though every week brings a new pernicious law or legislative proposal.
Earlier this year, the correspondent of Youth Human Rights Movement from Germany Jakob Stürmann interviewed Konstantin Baranov, member of the Coordination Council of the International Youth Human Rights Movement. They discussed so called “law against homosexual propaganda” and the overall situation of LGBT in Russia.  

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Oleg Sentsov, Olexander Kolchenko, Hennadiy Afanasiev and Oleksiy Chyrniy have been held in Russian jails for two years already under fabricated charges of ‘terrorism’. We consider it being necessary to express solidarity with those who are persecuted due to their pro-Ukrainian views, civic stand and desire for freedom in Russia-annexed Crimea.
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«We have a few questions for you,» a border guard told Sinaver Kadyrov, a Crimean Tatar activist, at the Armyansk checkpoint in northern Crimea on Jan. 23. Kadyrov was on his way to Kherson, in southern Ukraine, to fly to Turkey for medical treatment. It was the beginning of an ordeal that ended with a local court expelling him from Crimea, his home of almost 25 years.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority It is time to sit back and reflect.

Mark Twain


Youth Human Rights Movement

Campaign “Against Article 6.13.1” in Russia


On December 19, 2012, the State Duma of the Russian Federation will consider in the first reading a draft law banning the so-called “propaganda of homosexualism” nationally.

The Russian LGBT Network launched a campaign aimed at preventing the inclusion of Article 6.13.1 in the Code of Administrative Offences and at raising awareness of the authorities and society about the dangerous consequences of the law on “propaganda”.

Now we turn to the international community – LGBT and human rights organizations, activists, and all like-minded people – for your support of the campaign.
Here are several suggestions on what one could do.

1. Release an official statement on the Russian “propaganda” law.
2. Join our community photo action “I’m against article 6.13.1”. You only need to take a picture of yourself with a sign that reads “I’m against article 6.13.1 in Russia” and share it by posting it in your social networks and sending to us at Comments to the photos that would explain your position on the “propaganda” law are very welcome, we will share them with our supporters and subscribers online.
3. Record a short video (1.5 minutes) “Why I’m against Article 6.13.1”. Please send your videos to We would like to kindly ask you to choose either English or Russian for these videos.
4. Support our street demonstrations that will be held on December 19th in Moscow and a number of Russian regions by organizing or joining a demonstration in front of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in your country.
5. Address the authorities in your country regarding your government’s possible statement on the Russian national “homosexual propaganda” law.
6. Pass this information further.

More info:
Unofficial translation of the text of the draft Federal Law
Explanatory note to the draft Federal Law

If you have any questions regarding the development and the campaign, or if you have any suggestions, please send an email to Maria Kozlovskaya ( and Anastasia Smirnova (

Thank you in advance for your consideration and solidarity!

Team of the Russian LGBT Network
Igor Kochetkov
Valery Sozaev
Maria Kozlovskaya
Anastasia Smirnova
Ivan Tikhonov
Vitus Media
Andrey Petrov
Maria Sabunaeva