Anti-gay attacks on the rise in Russia

Moscow - Russia has serious problems with its rights record, including a rise in homophobic violence, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Tuesday, ahead of the country hosting the Winter Olympics next month.

Several hundred of Russian gay rights activists march along a Moscow boulevard in downtown on January 19, 2014. Picture: Alexander Zemlianichenko. Credit: AP

“Many serious problems plague Russia's rights record,” Tanya Lokshina, Russia's programme director at HRW was quoted as saying in a statement. In the report, the New York-based group highlighted “homophobic rhetoric in state media” and a rise in anti-gay attacks.