18th December 2013
Russia could release jailed members of anti-Putin punk band Pussy Riot this week 9
12:53 PM — Two jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot could be released this week, and as early as Thursday.
7th August 2013
Irish youth groups hand letter of concern to Russian Ambassador over anti-LGBT violence 6
4:56 PM — Youth groups in Ireland have handed a letter of concern to the Russian Ambassador today, in order to protest against the treatment of LGBT young people in the country.
25th July 2013
US: Dan Savage calls for a boycott of Russian vodka over ‘gay propaganda’ controversy 33
4:59 PM — In an article posted online, gay activist and founder of the ‘It Gets Better Project’ Dan Savage has called for buyers to boycott Russian vodka in an effort to oppose the country's controversial anti-gay legislation.
29th June 2013
BBC News presenter Jane Hill: Equality in the UK has moved forward but ‘there is still lots to fight for’ 18
3:00 AM — BBC News presenter Jane Hill this week spoke at a fundraising dinner for London Community Pride, to commend the progress in the UK for gay rights, but to say that, around the world, as well as in the UK, there is still a lot to do for equality.
19th June 2013
Russia: LGBT rights group fined 500,000 rubles under ‘foreign agent’ law 9
7:30 PM — A Russian LGBT organisation has is the second to be fined under the "foreign agent" law, in two weeks, and has had its future put at risk by the fine.
18th June 2013
Russia: Ban on adoption by same-sex couples unanimously passed at second reading 10
3:17 PM — Russian lawmakers have voted unanimously to pass legislation banning the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples, as well as single parents who live in countries where same-sex marriage is legal.
13th June 2013
Russia: LGBT activists call for jailing of ‘homosexual propaganda’ bill sponsor 4
12:42 PM — LGBT activists in Russia have started a legal complaint against the lawmakers behind the country's anti-gay 'propaganda' bill, which was approved by the Duma on Tuesday.
12th June 2013
Human rights groups condemn passage of Russian anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law 12
1:39 PM — Human rights groups have heavily condemned the passage of a law yesterday through the Russian State Duma, which would ban "homosexual propaganda" across the country, as "outrageous and incredibly dangerous".
11th June 2013
Russia: Duma approves bill to criminalise insulting religious beliefs, following Pussy Riot protest 10
5:42 PM — In the wake of a scandal caused last year by a protest by punk band Pussy Riot against Russian President Vladimir Putin, held in a Moscow cathedral, a law has been passed by the State Duma to criminalise insulting people's religious feelings.
Russian State Duma gives final approval to law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’ 41
3:57 PM — Lawmakers in the Russian State Duma have given final approval to a bill to ban "homosexual propaganda" to minors, and the media.
12th May 2013
Russia: Tortured and killed gay man was ‘raped with beer bottles’ 55
1:31 PM — A gay man from the southern Russian city of Volgograd who was tortured to death in an apparent hate crime, was sexually assaulted with beer bottles, and had his skull "smashed with a stone", authorities said on Sunday.
1st May 2013
Russia: Parades to demonstrate for gay rights in Moscow and St Petersburg, despite anti-gay law 18
1:41 AM — Parades of gay rights demonstrators will take to the streets of Moscow and St Petersburg today, despite a law in the latter, which prohibits the "promotion" of homosexuality.
8th April 2013
Amsterdam’s rainbow flags flying at half mast to mark visit by Russia’s Vladimir Putin 15
10:02 AM — Rainbow flags across Amsterdam are being flown at half mast today to mark the arrival of the Russian President Vladimir Putin, in protest against the proposed bill that would make promotion of homosexuality among youths punishable in Russia.
28th March 2013
Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to stop gay couples from adopting Russian orphans 11
4:55 PM — The Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken steps towards ordering the country's government and Supreme Court to write amendments to the adoption procedure prohibiting foreign gay couples from adopting Russian children.
1st February 2013
United Nations experts call on Russia to drop anti-gay bill 6
3:40 PM — A group of experts from the United Nations have urged Russia to drop its draft law forbidding "homosexual propaganda", and have said that it would undermine the human rights of LGBT people in the country.
30th January 2013
Venice breaks cultural ties with St Petersburg over anti-gay law 7
12:20 PM — The Italian city of Venice has broken its cultural partnership with Russian city, St Petersburg, over an anti-gay law which was brought in a year ago.