It is believed that the issues of gender and sexuality during the war should fade into the background, as the war equalizes everyone. In fact, during any humanitarian crisis, queer people are exposed to particular risks and threats: increased levels of violence, lack of access to medical, psychological and other assistance due to social exclusion, problems at the border. Queers have a much harder time migrating and applying for asylum than heteronormatives and especially couples. In Russia, it is impossible for them to obtain asylum, in the West, many queer people are regularly denied it. But even having fled the war to a European country, queer people from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus are still in danger.
Poland announced the cessation of issuing visas to Russian citizens
Izvestia employees Ksenia Soldatova and Dmitry Timofeev had their Schengen visas canceled and banned from entering the European Union for three years
The economic confrontation between Russia and Western countries since the beginning of the war in Ukraine has already led to a situation of a global energy crisis. In terms of its scale, it may well surpass the consequences of the oil embargo in 1973. Many experts agree that the coming winter will be the biggest energy crisis for Europe. In the worst-case scenario, residents of some countries may be left with little or no heating in winter, and some businesses will be forced to close. At the same time, Europe’s desire not to depend on Russian gas should accelerate its transition to clean energy.
Deputy head of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said that the EU countries need to be prepared for “accidents” at local nuclear power plants
The transit of Russian oil through the southern branch of the Druzhba pipeline to the countries of Eastern Europe (Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia) was stopped due to the inability of the Russian side to pay for the transit of oil through Ukrainian territory
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree banning purchases and sales of shares in companies included in the list of strategic enterprises, as well as in companies that produce and supply heat and electricity
Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said that it is necessary to stop issuing visas to Russian tourists
Europe and Asia start a global battle for liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies
The former head of Rosnano and Vladimir Putin’s ex-representative for sustainable development in international organizations, Anatoly Chubais, was admitted to the intensive care unit of one of the European clinics with a diagnosis of Guillain-Barré syndrome