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I’m so moved to read this. Twenty-three leading LGBT Russian activists, at great risk to their lives, have called out to us all for help and solidarity. We must do everything they ask of us. Please SHARE this widely and pray for their safety.New York, NY (July 28, 2013) — In a bold statement sent today to Queer Nation, 23 leading LGBT Russian activists and their supporters called for a broad boycott of Russian products and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

“International support is essential for the survival of Russia’s LGBT community right now,” the July 28 statement read. “We appreciate and support all attempts to let the Russian authorities know that homophobic and inhumane laws will not go unnoticed and that Vladimir Putin’s regime will not get away with antigay violence.”

The statement is an unambiguous endorsement of the “Dump Russian Vodka” campaign called for by Queer Nation, Dan Savage, Cleve Jones and other leading LGBT activists worldwide. The statement also endorses actor Harvey Fierstein’s impassioned call in the New York Times for a boycott of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

“At great personal risk, these LGBT activists, their allies and organizations have called for our continued support,” said Alan Klein, a co-founder of Queer Nation. “Their courage inspires us to continue our work until such time as the Russian government repeals this anti-gay law.”

In June, the Russian Duma passed a law that barred pro-LGBT discussions and displays in public and on the Internet. Since the law was enacted, LGBT Russians and foreign LGBT nationals have endured violence and arrests.

Queer Nation expects that there will be additional endorsers on the Russian activists’ statement. The statement and list of signatories follows (in English first and then in Russian):

Dear Friends,

International support is essential for the survival of Russia’s LGBT community right now. We appreciate and support all attempts to let the Russian authorities know that homophobic and inhumane laws will not go unnoticed and that Vladimir Putin’s regime will not get away with antigay violence. We speak out in favor of boycotting Russian goods and companies and the Olympic Games in Sochi. We also appreciate the attention of international media; we need it. We would also support any legislative initiative aimed at holding the Russian authorities accountable for their homophobic campaign. Thank you for being with us in our hour of need.

Masha Gessen, author, journalist, activist
Kseniya Kirichenko, lawyer and legal scholar
Alexei Davydov, Radical Faggots Union; political council member of the Moscow chapter of the Solidarity Movement
Maria Baronova, activist, Bolotnoye Case defendant
Alexander Artemyev, journalist
Olga Krause, poet, musician, activist
Tasha Granovskaya, social worker, LGBT activist
Bulat Barantaev, Homosexuals, Relatives and Friends Movement; member of the political council, Novosibirsk chapter of the Solidarity Movement
Mitya Aleshkovsky, photographer, activist
Karen Shainyan, journalist
Galina Chachanova, freelance translator
Yana Mandrykina, attorney
Elena Nikitina
Alexander Agapov, editor, Livejournal.com
Elena Rifat Hakimova, activist
Olga Kurachyova, journalist, LGBT activist
Zlata Bossina, Quarteera e.V., an organization for Russian-speaking LGBT and friends in Germany
Tagira Abdullayeva, LGBT activist, medical neurologist
Anastasia Putseva, business consultant
Tasya Krugovykh, filmmaker
Yulia Selezen, philologist
Anna Mikhailina
Akram Kubanychbek

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Друзья!
Для ЛГБТ-сообщества в России сейчас жизненно важна поддержка активистов в других странах. Мы ценим и поддерживаем все попытки дать понять российской власти, что гомофобные и античеловеческие законы не проходят незамеченными — и что режиму Путина не простят насилие над ЛГБТ-людьми. Мы ценим и поддерживаем инициативы бойкотов российских товаров и компаний и Олимпийских игр. Мы ценим внимание международных медиа: оно необходимо нам. И мы поддержим законодательные инициативы, направленные на то, чтобы гомофобская кампания не сходила российским властям с рук. Спасибо вам, что вы с нами!

Маша Гессен, писатель, журналист, активист
Ксения Кириченко, юрист, исследователь
Алексей Давыдов, Союз радикальных пидорасов, член политсовета Московского ОДД Солидарность
Мария Баронова, активист, обвиняемая по “Болотному делу”
Александр Артемьев, журналист
Ольга Краузе, поэт, музыкант, активист
Таша Грановская, социальный работник, ЛГБТ-активист
Булат Барантаев, движение “Гомосексуалы, родные и друзья” и член политсовета Новосибирского ОДД Солидарность
Митя Алешковский, фотограф, активист
Карен Шаинян, журналист
Галина Шашашнова, фрилансер
Яна Мандрыкина, юрист
Елена Никитина
Александр Агапов, редактор Livejournal.com
Елена Рифат Хакимова, активист
Ольга Курачёва, журналист, ЛГБТ-активистка
Злата Боссина, Quarteera e.V. (организация русскоязычных ЛГБТ и их друзей в Германии)
Абдуллаева Тагира,ЛГБТ-активист,врач-невролог
Пуцева Анастасия, бизнес-консультант
Тася Круговых, кинематографист
Юлия Селесезнь, филолог
Анна Михайлина
Акрам Кубанычбек