Stoli Group USA has announced a $150,000 donation to support the Russian Freedom Fund.

The Russian Freedom Fund is a vehicle for making financial contributions in support of Russia's LGBT rights movement and efforts to combat anti-gay discrimination in the former Soviet Republic.

“For many months, we have been working closely with our friends in the LGBT community to identify ways of placing resources where we can help make a difference in people's lives,” John Esposito, president of Stoli Group USA, said in announcing the donation. “Through our network we were lucky enough to be introduced to the Russian Freedom Fund, which will directly help LGBT activists on the ground in Russia. Over the next two years, we hope our donation of $150K will help stimulate positive, lasting change for LGBT people living in Russia. We continue to stand with the worldwide LGBT community against their discrimination and their pursuit of justice and equality.”

Last month, Stoli donated $300,000 to support the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Leadership LAB program.

Esposito reiterated at the time that the Stolichnaya vodka sold outside Russia “is in no way affiliated with the Russian government.”

“The responses to the attacks on LGBT rights in Russia show that our lives are global and interconnected,” he wrote. “Some responded to the attacks on LGBT rights in Russia by boycotting Stoli. It's worth clarifying that SPI Group, which is in no way affiliated with the Russian government, has been the owner of the Stolichnaya brand outside of Russia since 1997. The Stolichnaya made in Russia for the local market is owned by a state-controlled entity. We feel it is important to raise our voice again and let the LGBT community know we share the same desire for justice and equality. And we are invested in achieving a brighter tomorrow for all.”