Under Pressure: LGBT Rights in Russia

16/10/2013 -16/10/2013
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union

With the Sochi Olympics only a few months away, Russia does not present itself as a friendly host. In the past year, human rights and personal and sexual freedom have come more and more under pressure. Worst affected are the LGBT organisations, which are prosecuted both under the law on “homosexual propaganda” as well as under the “Foreign Agents law”. Two leading Russian LGBT organisations have already felt the repercussions. The LGBT Film Festival Side-by-Side had to pay a severe fine and the St. Petersburg based LGBT organisation Coming Out is currently arguing their case in city court. But that is not all. The government’s anti-homosexual rhetoric has led to an increase of homophobic violence towards LGBT people. Under such circumstances it seems extremely important to keep the dialogue between Russian LGBT activists and the international community going. The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung offices European Union and Russia invite you to meet and discuss with activists of three Russian leading LGBT organisations (LGBT Network, LGBT Film Festival Side-by-Side and Coming Out) which, despite of the complicated political and juridical situation, keep struggling for the rights of the LGBT community in Russia.

Date: Wednesday, 16 October 2013, 17.30 – 19.00, (registration and refreshments 17.00-17.30)

Venue: STANHOPE HOTEL, Rue du Commerce 9, 1000 Brussels


  • Polina Andrianova, head of LGBT organisation Coming-Out.
  • Manny de Guerre, founder and co-organiser of LGBT Film Festival Side-by-Side
  • Maria Kozlovskaya, lawyer, Russian LGBT network
  • Björn van Roozendaal, Programmes Director, ILGA-Europe


  • Bastian Hermisson, director Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union
  • Ira Kosterina, Programme Officer Gender Democracy, Heinrich-Böll-Foundation in Russia

No admittance without confirmed registration. E-Mail registration only. Please send the attached reply form to: Marianne.Ebertowski@eu.boell.org

The meeting is held under Chatham House Rule.

Conference languages English and Russian.

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