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Fear and loathing in Kyrgyzstan: how the LGBTQI community is fighting back against rising discrimination

LGBTQI people remain easy targets in Kyrgyzstan, with nowhere to turn for recourse. But activists are fighting back.

Double discrimination: why Uzbek women in Kyrgyzstan are a minority within a minority

In the aftermath of Kyrgyzstan's 2010 revolution, the country's Uzbek minority population has seen their position worsen — and Uzbek women have been marginalised most of all. 

The future of Russia’s one and only LGBT film festival

New legislation will hit independent and controversial cinema in Russia. The organisers of this LGBT film festival are going to keep on fighting for their right to speak on “forbidden” topics. RU

Meet Illuminator, the online project making space for discussing LGBT issues in Russia

The Illuminator project showcases the human targets of Russia’s conservative turn. RU

How the mother of a son with autism opened Karelia’s only studio for children with “special needs”

You can’t always find a place for your child in Russia’s education system. Sometimes, you need to make one yourself. RU

“We have plenty of reasons to protest apart from Platon”

Still angry at a new road tax collection system, Russia’s truck drivers have now been forced to register as a “foreign agent”. So they’re going on strike, again. RU

Death by disdain: the fate of drug users in Russian-occupied territories

With replacement therapy now illegal, drug users in Russian-occupied Crimea and the self-proclaimed republics of the Donbas are finding it hard to survive. RU

The paradox of Armenia’s domestic violence law

If passed, Armenia’s draft law against domestic violence will only nurture patriarchy.

Georgian land, Georgian freedom

A proposed amendment to Georgia’s constitution would ban the sale of agricultural land to foreign citizens. Is it a necessary evil, or a hollow gesture?

Meet the women affected by Abkhazia’s abortion ban

A year and a half ago, the authorities in Abkhazia banned abortions in nearly all circumstances. These women have paid the price.

Charting Russia’s most dangerous cities for LGBT people

Here are the towns where it’s dangerous to be gay in Russia. A culture of silence and a law “against propaganda” are keeping them that way. Русский

Liberal democracy: a hard choice for Ukraine

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Ukrainian society’s faith in simple answers could lead to the erosion of basic freedoms. RU

 

 

The inequality of women keeps the North Caucasus vulnerable

Corruption, violence and underdevelopment still plague Russia’s North Caucasus. By empowering women, the Russian authorities could build grounds for a more sustainable peace. 

What can we learn from Russia’s spring of protest?

Russian citizens are fed up. Truckers keep on protesting, and allegations of corruption at the highest levels are drawing crowds. Recent demonstrations teach us that protest could be the only right we’ve got left. Русский

Chechens alienated amidst gay persecutions

News of mass arrests, detentions and murders of LGBT people in Chechnya has spread around the globe. The outrage prompts this Chechen journalist to reflect on his people’s place in the world.

Georgia’s new constitution keeps real change in check

FullSizeRender.jpgBy reinforcing libertarian principles in Georgia’s constitution, the ruling party aims to keep government small — and the space for egalitarian politics even smaller. ქართული

Ukraine: sex work in times of war

Ukraine’s military conflict and economic crisis are affecting the country’s sex workers. Read how these women’s lives and concerns are changing, in their own words. 

Meet the women at the centre of Ukraine’s resurgent HIV epidemic

Living with HIV in Ukraine is fraught with stigma and discrimination. It’s even harder if you’re a woman.

“Shut up, woman. Your day is 8 March”

What should International Women’s Day mean to contemporary Ukraine?

Kicking habits, kicking back

In Russia, a punitive Soviet approach to drug users is still in place. But a new generation of activists is ready to challenge it. Русский

The victims of Russia’s ultra-conservatism are the Russian people themselves

Russia has decriminalised domestic violence: one step towards “traditional values” means two steps back from international human rights standards

 

As Ukraine's women speak up on sexual violence, we must not ignore those affected by conflict

DJ_profile-1.jpgA new campaign is challenging taboos over speaking about sexual violence in Ukraine, but we need to include survivors of conflict violence too.

 

"You have to start improving yourself to improve Russia"

I spoke to four Russian gay men on discrimination, rights and Vladimir Putin. Here's what they said. 

Depoliticising protests in Armenia

Years of social and environmental protests in Armenia have proven one thing — our demands must be political in nature. Русский

How can we politicise labour rights in Georgia?

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In Georgia, violations of workers’ rights, low pay and negligent treatment by private corporations continue to go unnoticed. We need to politicise the world of work.

 

Why Ukraine needs its own Harvey Milk

Daniele Rumolo.jpgOn 25 October, Ukraine will vote in local elections where not a single openly gay candidate will stand. The country’s LGBT movement and public conservatism are both to blame. на русском языке

О чем не говорят «социальные гей-эксперименты»

Клипы, показывающие дискриминацию против гей-пар в Москве и Киеве, стали популярными везде. Но они не дают полную картину. in English

Why ‘gay social experiments’ in eastern Europe are missing the point

In the west, recent videos of discrimination against gay couples in Moscow and Kyiv have gone viral. But they don’t tell the full story. 

Can feminist art free women from patriarchy in Eastern Europe?

Pic 2.jpgAs post-Soviet states continue their 'conservative turn', feminist artists stand up to address gender injustice in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

 

Psychiatric abuse of transgender people in Russia

shutterstock_175109303.jpgThe existence of the diagnosis ‘Transsexualism’ in any form leads to psychiatric abuse, and negatively impacts the lives of transgender people in Russia.

Gender equality is holding Belarus back

men women toilet .pngBelarus is slowly opening up to the idea of gender equality. But the conservative meaning attached to the concept is holding it back.

 

 

The sex change commission in Ukraine

Transgender citizens in Ukraine have good reason to think that they are all but invisible. Even the EU is not pushing for inclusiveness; and then there is the sex change commission… на русском языке

LGBT in Samara – pederasts and paedophiles

In Samara, LGBT people are seen as paedophiles. They face aggressive homophobia, harassment, and public incomprehension.

 

The EU says no to gay rights in Ukraine

The EU has renewed talks with the Kyiv government on closer ties, but in its zeal to promote visa-free travel it has dropped gay rights from the agenda.

 

IKEA and LGBT – falling between the flatpacks?

What does a multinational company do when a country where it operates has laws that run counter to international human rights norms? Kathryn Dovey suggests how IKEA could honour its rights commitments while protecting its Russian profits.

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