8th August 2013
Tory MP Mike Freer: Putin must be told to scrap anti-gay laws or risk losing Winter Olympics 10
1:19 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has told PinkNews that he would like the International Olympic Committee to consider moving the 2014 Winter Olympics from Russia.
Shadow Foreign Minister Kerry McCarthy: The UK needs to raise the issue of gay rights in Russia at the G20 4
12:08 PM — Shadow Foreign and Commonwealth Minister Kerry McCarthy has told PinkNews the UK Government needs to use next month's G20 meeting to raise the issue of gay rights with Russia.
7th August 2013
Labour MP Chris Bryant: I am in favour of UK gay bars boycotting Russian vodka 19
7:24 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant says he is in favour of gay bars in the UK boycotting Russian vodka.
Telegraph columnist says Stephen Fry ‘exploits’ Holocaust when he compares Putin to Hitler 92
4:45 PM — Telegraph columnist Brendan O’Neill has criticised Stephen Fry’s decision to write an open letter to the International Olympic Committee urging for the Winter Olympics not to be held in Russia because of the country’s stance on LGBT rights.
International Association of Athletics Federations calls on Russia to review anti-gay laws 10
12:10 PM — The IAAF has called on Russia to reconsider its homophobic censorship laws but stresses the upcoming athletics championships in Moscow should not be overshadowed by politics.
Stephen Fry warns David Cameron: Putin is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews 147
11:36 AM — Stephen Fry has written an open letter to David Cameron, International Olympics Committee President Jacques Rogge and Lord Coe, urging them to ban the 2014 Winter Olympics due to take place in the Russian city of Sochi - because of Russia's treatment and discrimination of LGBT people.
Gay US figure skater: I am a ‘hardcore Russophile’ — don’t boycott the Olympics 91
11:30 AM — A gay professional figure skater from the US has said he is a "hardcore Russophile" and that boycotting the Winter Olympics over Russian anti-gay laws is "silly".
Obama: I have ‘no patience’ for Russia’s anti-gay laws 29
10:58 AM — President Obama says he has “no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them.”
6th August 2013
Russia: Partygoers attacked in Moscow bar for ‘looking gay’ 20
10:55 AM — A group of partygoers were attacked over the weekend at a Moscow bar in another suspected homophobic attack in Russia
Gay teenager kidnapped and tortured by Russian homophobes claimed to have died from injuries 83
12:09 AM — The gay teenager who was kidnapped and tortured by Russian neo-Nazis has died from his injuries it has been claimed.
5th August 2013
Video: Russian paratroopers violently attack lone gay rights activist in St Petersburg 58
11:45 PM — A lone gay rights activist, Krill Kalugin, was assaulted by a violent group of Russian paratroopers in the city that was the birth place of the country's anti-gay legislation.
Sir Ian McKellen shows his solidarity with LGBT Russians 7
10:50 PM — Sir Ian McKellen has become the latest celebrity to show his support for LGBT Russians who are facing increasing persecution from the state.
Lady Gaga: The Russian Government is criminal in its oppression of LGBT people 19
7:10 PM — Lady Gaga is the latest public figure to condemn Russia for its climate of homophobic oppression.
Christine Quinn: President Obama must stop Russia from attacking its LGBT citizens 11
5:37 PM — Christine Quinn, the gay Democratic candidate who’s vying to become the next mayor of New York City has urged President Obama to take a stand against Russia's continued oppression of its LGBT citizens.
Brighton Pride’s video message: ‘From Russia, Without Love’ 4
12:03 PM — A stirring video message was played to those attending Brighton Pride on Saturday about the situation in Russia. The video, accompanied by music from Russia's 2013 Eurovision entry, 'What If?', simply explained the situation in the country for LGBT people and supporters and called on Brighton Pride revellers to support campaigns to highlight the issue.
Uganda: LGBT activists bravely stage pride parade in Kampala 20
10:57 AM — LGBT activists staged a Pride parade in Uganda at the weekend - despite the country being known for its widespread and violent homophobic and transphobic persecution
2nd August 2013
Foreign Office: The UK is extremely concerned over the continual persecution of gay people in Russia 26
3:48 PM — The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office tells PinkNews that it's alarmed by the "growing restrictions on LGBT freedoms in Russia".
Manchester Council calls on Russia’s St Petersburg to drop anti-gay laws 23
11:51 AM — Manchester City Council is urging the Russian city of St Petersburg to drop its homophobic censorship laws.
1st August 2013
Sweden: Topless activists storm Russian Embassy in protest at Russia’s anti-gay laws 5
3:47 PM — Two topless activists climbed over a fence into the Russian Embassy in Stockholm on Thursday to protest against the country’s homophobic censorship laws.
31st July 2013
‘This closet is suffocating’, the life story of a young gay Muslim in Pakistan 55
6:08 PM — A young gay Muslim in Pakistan shares his experiences of life in the staunchly conservative country with PinkNews.co.uk.