Organization "Vikhod" (Russian for "exit") has published their 2008 "Regional report on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in St. Petersburg".
According to the report's authors, they managed to identify the correlation between the level of discrimination and sexual orientation / gender identity. They concluded that the level of discrimination in the city is high and there is systematic abuse of human rights based on the above-mentioned criteria. "This situation has been developing with the silent approval of the city administration that does not do enough to change it, - the report states, - the media are not improving the situation either, constantly creating moral turmoil around the LGBT community".
In particular, the authors mention examples of "aggression from law-enforcement agencies", talking about police raids of gay clubs as well as referring to the "Side-to-Side" Film Festival, which almost got canceled this past year.
The specialists are offering several recommendations in this situation, some of which are: "Active articulation of the LGBT community presence in the city life, development of prevention programs against discrimination in education and inviting members of city administration to an open discussion on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity".
We would like to add that the 2008 monitoring on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in St. Petersburg is a part of the Russia-wide monitoring organized by the Russian LGBT Network and Moscow-Helsinki Group.
Translated by Alexander Lipovtsev