LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

The situation of LGBT people in the Russian Federation, 2008

This report for the first time presents a comprehensive overview of the legal situation of LGBT people in Russia and gives a thorough account of human rights violations for 2008. The report has been written by the Russian LGBT Network in partnership with the Moscow Helsinki Group and ILGA-Europe.

(translated in 2010)

This report is the result of specifi c monitoring of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the Russian Federation carried out by the Moscow Helsinki Group in cooperation with the Russian LGBT Network in 2007-2008. This is the first specific study of the legal situation of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people (the LGBT community) in Russia. 

A long time ago, the international community, of which Russia is a part, recognised that all people are born free and have equal dignity and rights. At the same time, there are still social groups that are systematically excluded by society and the state from the respect for human dignity and the universality of human rights. The LGBT community made up of people with a sexual orientation and/or gender identity that  is different from that of the majority of the population, is one of such groups.