Russian LGBT Network

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Russian LGBT Network
Russian LGBT networklogo
Founded 2006
Focus Protection of rights and social adaptation of LGBT
Origins Российская ЛГБТ-сеть
Key people
Igor Kochetkov (chairperson)

The Russian LGBT Network (Russian: Российская ЛГБТ-сеть) is a non-governmental LGBT rights organization working for the social acceptance of and protection of the rights of LGBT people in Russia. Established in 2006, it was reformed into the first and only Russian inter-regional LGBT rights organization on October 19, 2008[citation needed]. Currently, the organization is a member of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA)[1][2][3] and is led by Russian LGBT rights activist Igor Kochetkov.

Goals of the movement[edit]

The movement was created to unite public support for the elimination of all forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, to spread ideas of tolerance in Russian society, as well as to aid LGBT people in leading public lives.

Structure of the organization[edit]

Russian LGBT network in regions

The movement’s governing body is the Conference which is called together at least once a year. Between the Conferences the permanent managing collegiate authority is the Council of the Movement headed by the Chairperson. The Council and the Chairperson are elected by the Conference.

The Russian LGBT network structure includes 13 regional branches and 10 regional LGBT organisations.


  • Saint-Petersburg
  • Petrozavodsk
  • Pskov
  • Arkhangelsk
  • Volgograd
  • Kazan
  • Naberezhnye Chelny
  • Perm
  • Samara
  • Tyumen
  • Omsk
  • Tomsk
  • Kemerovo
  • Novosibirsk

Two offices in Krasnoyarsk and Khabarovsk were disbanded at the beginning of 2010.

Collective members[edit]

The following Collective members constitute the Russian LGBT Network:

  • "LGBT organization Exit"(St. Petersburg)
  • "LesbiPARTYya" (St. Petersburg)
  • "Serving Nuntiare et Recreare (LGBT Christians)" (St. Petersburg)
  • "Perspective" (Arkhangelsk)
  • "Ural-positive" (Ekaterinburg)
  • "Anti-Dogma. Info "(Chelyabinsk)
  • "League" (Volgograd)
  • "Human Rights Center of Krasnoyarsk (Krasnoyarsk)
  • "The walls need to talk" ("SDG") (Krasnoyarsk)
  • "Circle-Karelia (Petrozavodsk)
  • "Rainbow House"(Tyumen)

The movement’s activities[edit]

Russian LGBT Network offers organizational and guidance support to psychologists, lawyers and other professionals working with the LGBT community, as well as to action groups and to local human rights and LGBT rights organizations.

The Russian LGBT Network, together with other human rights organizations like Memorial,[4] seeks recognition of homosexuals who suffered criminal persecution in USSR as victims of political repressions. As a part of this work, the year 2009 was declared Memorial Year for Gay and Lesbian Victims of Political Repressions in recognition of the 75th anniversary of criminal persecution for homosexuality.[5]

From March 23 to March 29, 2009 the third informational and educational event "The week against Homophobia" took place in Russia under the patronage of the LGBT Network of Russia; during this event, round tables, film showings, street actions and performances took place in Arkhangelsk, Kemerovo, Tomsk, Omsk, Krasnoyarsk, Naberezhnye Chelny, Novosibirsk, Petrozavodsk, Tyumen, Rostov-na-Donu, Chelyabinsk and Saint Petersburg.

"Rainbow flash mob" in Saint Petersburg

On February 2009, at the final press conference in Moscow the Russian LGBT Network and the Moscow Helsinki Group published a paper titled "The Situation for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered People in the Russian Federation".[6][7][8] This is the first complex study of the legal situation of LGBT people in the history of Russia. The 100-page paper contains the analysis of relevant Russian laws and also assembles and generalizes specific instances of infringement of rights and discrimination.

On May 17, 2009, for the International Day Against Homophobia, the Russian LGBT network organized the "Rainbow Flash Mob" in Saint Petersburg; this event brought together between 100 to 250 people, and the organizers consider it to be the largest action in the whole history of Russia dedicated to the problem of LGBT rights.[9][10][11][12][13] Also the action in smaller scales has passed in more than 30 cities of Russia.[14]

On July 15, 2009, the representatives of Russian LGBT Network met the Human rights commissioner of Russian Federation Vladimir Lukin, and presented him the above-named report. V.P.Lukin said that LGBT have the same rights, as the other people do: “If certain people’s rights are violated because of the sexual orientation of those people, we are ready to protect them”

According to the Igor Petrov’s assessment, it was the first official meeting of the representative of the state with LGBT-activists in Russian history.

In August 2009, the brochure about gay and lesbian family rights was published in Russia. In the brochure, the problems of the legal relations regulation of the same-sex families in the contemporary Russian reality are considered.

On August 11, 2009, Russian LGBT Network sent a written request to the Prosecutor General of Russia, asking him to open a criminal case against prefect of SAO Moscow Oleg Mitvol. Igor Petrov blamed him for fomentation of hatred of LGBT.

On August 24, 2009, Russian LGBT Network filed a complaint to the Prosecutor General of Russia about Sergey Ponomarev, the deputy of the main editor of the “Komsomolskaya Pravda” newspaper. Sergey Ponomarev was in charge for making public statements, which fomented the hatred and humiliated people because of their sexual orientation.

On the January 11, the public prosecutor's office gave a warning to the newspaper, saying: “The examination established that Ponomarev’s statements expressed the negative attitude towards the people with homosexual sexual orientation. For the above-stated reason, the interdistrict prosecutor's office issues a warning to the ZAO “Komsomolskaya Pravda Publishing House”, that breach of the law in the mass-media are intolerable”.

On September 17–27, 2009, the International Festival of Queer Culture was held in Saint Petersburg. For ten days, the cultural workers discussed the problems of tolerance to homosexuals and “different” people. Among the participants of the festival were the groups “Kolibri”, “Iva Nova”, “Betty”, “S’nega” (Aleksey Raakhov’s project), the poets Dita Karelina, Liya Kirgetova, Elena Novozhilova, the singers Olga Krauze, Tatiana Puchko and others. The photo exhibitions, the theater performances, the concerts of rock music and guitar poetry, poetry readings, art workshops, film representations, drag-king shows, seminars and discussions took place at the festival.

On October 30, 2009, Human Rights Committee of UN on the 97th session presented a report about the situation with human rights in Russia, based on the report of Russian LGBT Network. The accent was made on violation of LGBT rights.[15][16]

On December 24, 2009, Russian LGBT Network published press release, greeting the Patriarch Kirill’s declaration about the inadmissibility of the sexual orientation discrimination.

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