Filmed and edited by Cailean Watt for the Equality Network.

The Equality Network works for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality and human rights in Scotland. - See more at:

On the 11th of June Russia’s State Duma (Parliament) passed unanimously legislation that imposes harsh fines and jail terms for the distribution of homosexual “propaganda” to minors. This, along with laws requiring human rights organisations who receive support from abroad to register as ‘foreign agents’, has let to grave and systematic LGBT human rights violations in the country. Fines for breaking the new laws can be up to 1 million rubles, or about £20,500.

Recent developments have seen anti-gay thugs taking to social media to lure LGBT people to meetings where they are violently beaten and abused. These events are then recorded and shared on the internet. The victims then have no place to go for help.

These abuses have been documented by the Spectrum Human Rights Alliance on their website. We can protest, boycott and urge our governments to take action. We can also show solidarity.

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