The Saw list started circulating on Russian websites and social media earlier this year, its name taken from a series of American cult horror films. There were dozens of names on it: Russian gays, lesbians, activists and supporters of LGBT causes, even journalists. Readers were encouraged to hunt them down. Yelena Grigoryeva, an outspoken activist in St. Petersburg, was among those on the list, which disappeared publicly from the Internet sometime around July Petersburg apartment, stabbed multiple times, according to activists and acquaintances. The killing has stunned gay people across Russia, where members of the LGBT community and advocates for their rights have faced worsening threats for years now. But friends and supporters say the facts paint a stark and frightening picture: She was repeatedly threatened as a result of her activism, those threats were reported to police, and, nothing was done, they contend. Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in the s, but LGBT people have faced varying degrees of discrimination over the years.
Gay in Russia: Countering a campaign of homophobia
The singers were part of children's music group Neposedy before being managed by producer and director Ivan Shapovalov and signing with Russian record label Neformat. The album was certified platinum by the IFPI for one million copies sold in Europe and became the first album by a foreign group to reach number one in Japan. The former was promoted with the international hit " All About Us ". The duo ventured into other projects, such as creating their own production company T. Music and promoting the film inspired by their story You and I
Moscow CNN A Russian politician behind a controversial anti-gay propaganda law has been caught up in a social media storm in which he is pictured in a photograph of two women kissing. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. The two activists took a selfie of themselves kissing after they spotted the lawmaker.
She is a four-time Russian barista champion, and a lesbian. LGBT rights are being crushed in Russia, protests against persecution are increasingly violent , and horrifying accounts of homophobia are running rampant. We asked Olga to tell us what it means to be gay in Russia. We gave her the opportunity to be anonymous but she refused. These are her words. The whole world is listening.