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towards LGBT people.

On October 2008 it organised the first Coming Out Day in Russia.

The group said its monitoring of human rights violations based on sexual orientation
and gender identity will continue in St Petersburg and it will continue to develop its
education and information work.

Activists in Moscow have been denied permission to conduct a gay Pride march,
demanding equal rights for sexual minorities, every year since May 2006.

Last weekend a group of fifty activists from France and eastern Europe demonstrated in
Strasbourg outside the Council of Europe, the institution that oversees the Europe-wide
human rights convention.

They called on the European institutions to force the authorities in Russia and Belarus
to respect their commitment to the European Convention of Human Rights and let LGBT
people enjoy the rights that others have.

"Every year, Russian authorities ban [Moscow Pride]," Nikolai Baev from the Pride
organising committee said in a radio interview.

"Council of Europe officials write wonderful letters to Russian authorities about the
necessity to respect the rights of LGBT people, nevertheless, year after year, we see the
same violence, same aggressions and same breach of human rights."


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Russian gays have for the first time registered an LGBT
advocacy group with the government without the need for
court intervention

Coming Out of St Petersburg was formed in April 2008 and is part of the Russian LGBT
Network.

"This is a truly historic moment," said Igor Petrov, chair of the Network.

"This is the first time Russian officials made no attempt to hinder an LGBT
organisation in its attempt to attain legal status.

"We believe it to be the first result of the campaign for freedom of association begun by
the Russian LGBT Network in 2006."

In 2006 Rainbow House, an LGBT group in the Russian city of Tyumen, was refused
registration by the government.

It claimed Rainbow House would endanger the sovereignty and territorial integrity of
the Russian Federation.

The same year the Russian LGBT Network and human rights organisation Agora
provided aid in the judicial
defense of the Rainbow
House. In 2008, the case of
the Rainbow House reached
the European Court of Human
Rights.

The issue of the observance
of rights of LGBT people's
freedom of association was
raised by the Council of
Europe's Commissioner for
Human Rights, Thomas
Hammarberg.

The director of Coming Out,
Valery Sozaev, said:

"Our registration would not
have been possible without the support of the Russian LGBT Network and constant
consultations with legal experts from the Human Rights Resource Centre of St
Petersburg.

"This is a very important event for us. It opens up more opportunities for reaching our
goals, including the opportunity of regular contacts with the government."

In May last year Coming Out organised the Day of Silence, as part of the International
Day of Silence, dedicated to the problem of silencing discrimination, physical and
emotional abuse, hate crimes, and intolerance
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