Stoli vodka boycott had “minimal impact”
business / homophobia / latvia / russia

Stoli vodka boycott had “minimal impact”

A senior SPI Group exec has claimed a boycott of its Stolichnaya vodka brand by the gay community because of its Russian connections had “minimal” impact. Speaking to just-drinks, SPI’s CMO Marco Ferrari said some US accounts stopped selling Stolichnaya but that the protest – a retaliation against anti-homosexual legislation in Russia – “didn’t really get any … Continue reading

The Russian threat to human rights in Europe
europe / human rights / latvia / russia

The Russian threat to human rights in Europe

RIGA – Russia poses the biggest threat to human rights in Europe, a top diplomat has said to an assembled group of students on Oct. 10. Niels Muiznieks, the Council for Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, told students in Riga yesterday evening that Russia contributed the most cases of human rights abuses, including Lesbian and … Continue reading

Latvian group seeks to limit EuroPride 2015
baltics / latvia / legislation / pride

Latvian group seeks to limit EuroPride 2015

The “Protect Our Children” association in Latvia is calling for a referendum that could, among other things, place limitations on public events that would be part of EuroPride 2015, which the Latvian capital Riga was chosen to host earlier this year. According to the Latvian news portal Defli.lv, “Protect Our Children” has applied to the … Continue reading

Amnesty: Latvia, Bulgaria fail to protect against hate crimes
anti-LGBT violence / baltics / central europe / czech republic / international / latvia / legislation / se europe

Amnesty: Latvia, Bulgaria fail to protect against hate crimes

A new study by Amnesty International calls on the EU to ensure protection against all forms of hate crime, including attacks on LGBTQ persons. Among the countries singled out for mention in the report are Bulgaria, Latvia, the Czech Republic and Italy. “Hate-motivated violence has a particularly damaging and long-term effect on victims. Yet, the … Continue reading