Obama Snubs Putin But May Meet With Homosexual Groups In Russia
Four Russian non-governmental organizations told BuzzFeed Monday they had been
invited to the meeting, scheduled for this Thursday at St. Petersburg’s Crowne
Plaza Hotel. The groups include veteran human rights activists Lev Ponomarev and
Lyudmila Alexeyeva, legal aid NGO director Pavel Chikov, and Coming Out, a St.
Petersburg-based LGBT organization. Another local LGBT group, the LGBT Network,
is believed to be attending, though director Igor Kochetkov declined to comment
to BuzzFeed, saying that he had been “asked not to say anything.”
Election monitoring group Golos is also believed to have been invited, though BuzzFeed could not reach its director or deputy director to confirm. Russia’s justice ministry forced Golos, which used to receive funding from USAID, to disband this summer under a law on “foreign agents” that many believed was created specifically to target the group.
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