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About Igor Kochetkov

Igor Kochetkov is well known Russian LGBT rights defender. He is chairman of the Russian LGBT Network. Together with other LGTB activists he was arrested during a peaceful May Day March in St Petersburg. 

Articles by Igor Kochetkov

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Adam Bychawski

Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

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Pride, prejudice — just ‘don’t say gay’ in Russia

LGBT issues have taken a battering in Russia over the last year, with a number of regions introducing repressive laws against the so-called ‘promotion’ of homosexuality. The changes are part of a wider agenda to split Russian society, whipping up feeling against people ‘not like us’, says Igor Kochetkov.

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