Thursday, November 27, 2014
Lawyer Attacked in St. Petersburg After Defending LGBT Activist
Vitaly Cherkasov, a human rights lawyer defending an LGBT activist, said he was attacked after leaving a St. Petersburg court. He identified one of the assailants as Anatoly Artyukh, an Orthodox activist and aide to Vitaly Milonov, a local anti-gay lawmaker. During the court hearing, anti-gay activists shouted insults at attorney Cherkasov and his client.
Click here to read more from the Moscow Times.
In August 2014, the American Bar Association House of Delegates adopted a policy that in part calls upon bar associations and attorneys in jurisdictions (like Russia) where there are discriminatory LGBT laws "to defend victims of anti-LGBT discrimination or conduct, and to recognize and support their colleagues who take these cases as human rights advocates . . . ."