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In some cases public officials have engaged in explicit anti-LGBT hate speech.
This inaction has only served to perpetuate the cycle of discrimination, harassment, and violence.
LGBT people and activists described the types of abuse they were subjected to and the obstacles they encounter when they seek redress.
In June 2013 Russia passed a law banning the distribution of information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) relationships to children.
The law effectively legalizes discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Not a single case documented in this report was investigated as a hate crime.
Police treat most homophobic attacks as common crime, such as hooliganism or assault and battery.
Its passage coincided with a ratcheting up of homophobic rhetoric in state media and an increase in homophobic violence around the country.