Spike in Russian LGBTs seeking asylum in United States

(from Gay Star News)

Russia’s growing climate of intolerance for LGBT people appears to be responsible for a spike in applications for asylum in the United States by Russians. 837 Russians sought asylum in the US during the last 12 months compared to 722 the year before – the most since 2002. LGBT group Immigration Equality say they have received 99 inquiries from Russian LGBT asylum seekers when they only received 63 inquiries from Russians during the previous 12 months – suggesting LGBT Russians make up a large proportion of the Russians to seek asylum in the US in 2013.

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