Athens of Siberia not for Lesbians

Saida Abaneyeva, resident of the Russian city of Tomsk, was dismissed from her job due to her sexual orientation. A court ordered her employer to pay RUR 31,000 (EUR 700) in compensation. The company’s management decided to pay the compensation in five-kopeck coins. The company’s director himself delivered the coins in two cars, and it took two hours to carry the coins to the court bailiff’s office.

Ms Abaneyeva described how she was subjected to insults by almost everybody in Tomsk, also known as the “Athens of Siberia,” during a period of two years. In November 2008, she wrote to President Dmitry Medvedev, asking him to intervene and stop the campaign against her. With the approval of local authorities, her phone was tapped and letters opened. After her dismissal, Ms Abaneyeva has been unable to get a new job.

Открытое письмо лесбиянки российскому народу
Саида Абанеева, 22.10.2008

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