30th January 2014
Russia: Newspaper editor fined under anti-gay law for printing ‘being gay is normal’ 16
7:41 PM — A Russian newspaper editor has been fined 50,000 roubles (£860) under the 'gay propaganda' law for printing that "being gay is normal".
Shadow Commons leader Angela Eagle: ‘We can’t ignore homophobic Russian laws at Sochi’ 2
12:45 PM — The Shadow leader of the House of Commons Angela Eagle has spoken out about the persecution of LGBT people in Russia ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics and has asked for the Government to outline what will be done to express those views.
29th January 2014
Amnesty stages ballet protest outside Russian embassy over anti-gay laws 1
7:19 PM — Amnesty International has staged a protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws by getting ballet dancers to perform outside the Russian embassy in London.
Princess Anne to attend Winter Olympics, but David Cameron is too busy 4
6:32 PM — Downing Street says David Cameron turned down Vladimir Putin’s invitation to attend the Winter Olympics, but not because of Russia’s stance on gay rights.
28th January 2014
Broadcaster Alice Arnold: It would be ‘bizarre’ to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics 23
4:44 PM — Former Radio 4 newsreader Alice Arnold says it would be “bizarre” to boycott the Winter Olympics over Russia’s position on gay rights.
Former UKIP donor takes out newspaper ad to say: You cannot be ‘homophobic’ 43
3:22 PM — A former donor to UKIP has inexplicably responded to a Times columnist's article condemning a Russian anti-gay law, by taking out an advert in the Telegraph and claiming that homophobia does not exist.
Ellie Goulding ‘won’t play in Russia’ over gay propaganda law 6
3:05 PM — Ellie Goulding has said she won't perform in Russia any time soon, due to the country's poor gay rights record and homophobic legislation.
Coca Cola pulls plug on ad campaign that banned the word ‘gay’ 3
1:55 PM — Coca-Cola has pulled the plug on a 'virtual coke' website after a row erupted over the site filtering the word "gay".
27th January 2014
Gay Russian artist makes statement against anti-gay discrimination with ‘black woman’ chair parody 21
7:49 PM — A gay Russian artist has responded to a controversy involving a magazine editor who was pictured sitting on a "black woman" chair, with a parody which he says is meant as a demonstration against discrimination.
Mayor of Sochi: ‘There are no gays in my town’ 34
4:12 PM — The mayor of Sochi says there are no gay people in his city which is preparing to host the Winter Olympics next month.
Elton John: Anti-gay law is ‘damaging and divisive’ to gay Russians and HIV campaigns 3
12:32 PM — Reflecting on time spent in Russia since the passage of a law which bans the promotion of "non-traditional relationships", Elton John has written on the "deeply dangerous and divisive" nature of the law.
26th January 2014
Russian MPs submit proposal to exclude the term ‘non-traditional relationships’ from propaganda law 17
1:52 PM — Russian MPs from several political parties have jointly submitted a proposal to amend the country's notorious anti-gay propaganda law by throwing out the term "non-traditional relationships."
Martina Navratilova: Anti-gay laws make it ‘impossible’ to separate sport from politics at Sochi Games 8
1:16 PM — Tennis star Martina Navratilova has warned that anti-gays laws in Russia will make it "impossible" to separate sport from politics at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Coca-Cola bans the word ‘gay’ in new ad campaign – ‘Oops. Let’s pretend you didn’t just type that’ 49
12:46 PM — Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has launched a new media marketing campaign which bans users from printing the word "gay" on the side of a can of Coke.
24th January 2014
McDonald’s #CheersToSochi Twitter hashtag hijacked by LGBT activists 5
6:41 PM — McDonald's has faced a backlash from LGBT rights advocates as it launched the hashtag #CheersToSochi on Twitter, in promotion of the Winter Olympics.
Video: TV and Broadway stars in Russia ‘gay propaganda’ law spoof
6:00 PM — Some of the biggest TV and Broadway stars have starred in a spoof video to protest Russian propaganda laws.
Russia accuses EU of ‘not respecting’ Olympics and of ‘aggressively promoting’ homosexuality 20
5:10 PM — A Russian offical has accused the European Union of trying to impose an "alien view" of homosexuality on other countries.
23rd January 2014
Russian Prime Minister: Not a single gay person in Russia has complained about the propaganda law 32
5:55 PM — Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has dismissed criticism of the country’s anti-gay laws, claiming not a single gay person has complained.
22nd January 2014
Comment: ‘The Sochi games will go down in history as the anti-gay Olympics’ 11
5:59 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell writes on the Sochi Winter Olympics due to start in February, and says they will be remembered for anti-gay legislation introduced in Russia last year.
Elton John offers to introduce Putin to gay Russians ‘who need to be heard’ 8
5:28 PM — Sir Elton John has offered to take President Vladimir Putin to see members of Russia's gay community.