Russian LGBTI rights worker arrested, labeled ‘extremist’

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Frontline Defenders today protested the harassment and arrest of Konstantin Golova, an environmental and human rights activist in Tolyatti, which is about 600 miles east of Moscow.  Golova has been labeled an “extremist” for his activism, including work on behalf of human rights for LGBTI people. This is the report from Frontline Defenders:

Russia – Human rights defender Konstantin Golava facing charges

Konstantin Golava (Misha-Friedman photo courtesy of PulitzerCenter.org) Konstantin Golava (Misha-Friedman photo courtesy of PulitzerCenter.org)

On 14 May 2015, the bank accounts of human rights defender Mr Konstantin Golava were frozen following events of the 13 May 2015, in which investigators searched the premises of the human rights defender in Tolyatti, and summoned him for questioning on charges of extremism.

Konstantin Golava is a human rights defender who works to promote LGBTI and environmental rights. In 2012 he joined the human rights movement “Avers”, which supports the LGBTI community in Russia through legal and psychological…

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