Violence against LGBT People in Russia

The UCC LGBT Staff Network, in conjunction with the Violence, Conflict and Gender research group, are proud to present a very special event:

“Violence against LGBT People in Russia”

Evgeny Shtorn and Alexander Kondakov will present a seminar on Violence Against LGBT People in Russia on Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 4pm in the CACSSS Seminar Room (ORB G27). 

The law against “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” (homosexuality) has operated in Russia since 2013. It legitimized homophobia, causing a wave of violence resulting in hate crimes (bashing, abuse, homicide) against people identified as lesbians, gay men or transgender. This research sought to identify the sources of data for further statistical generalizations. As a result, we collected texts of court decisions on criminal law sentences of violence against members of the Russian LGBT community. The generated data shows existing dynamics of hate crime against LGBT in Russia characterized by a dramatic growth in such crimes after the adoption of the “propaganda” bill. The texts of the legal sentences are powerful evidences of the outcomes of prejudice supported by the politics of hate.


The panel

  • Evgeny Shtorn, Sexuality Lab Researcher and LGBT Activist

  • Alexander Kondakov, European University, St. Petersburg, Russia


  • CACSSS Seminar Room (ORB G27)


  • Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 4pm


  • All interested staff and students are welcome to attend. 

About the Panelists

Alexander Kondakov is an assistant professor of Department of Political Science and Sociology at the European University at St. Petersburg, Russia. He completed his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of St. Petersburg. He is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is working with Professor Kathryn Hendley. His research interests lie in the sphere of queer sexuality and law. Current research projects include studies of effects of the law banning ‘propaganda of homosexuality’ in Russia. His work has appeared in Social and Legal Studies, QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, and Feminist Legal Studies. 

Evgeny Shtorn, Sexuality Lab. Researcher and LGBT-activist. For 6 years he was working in the Center for Independent Social Research (St. Petersburg), and collaborating with leading Russian human rights NGOs as Russian LGBT-network and Memorial. In 2018 was forced to leave Russia and claim asylum in Ireland. His research interests include historical memory, state crimes again human being, hate crimes against LGBT, racism and postcolonial theory. His work has appeared in Neprikosnovenny Zapas, Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Sociology of Power.

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