7th November 2013
Russian conductor Valery Gergiev denies supporting anti-gay laws ahead of London protest 24
12:35 PM — Ahead of a protest planned to take place outside his concert, Russian conductor Valery Gergiev says “It is wrong to suggest that I have ever supported anti-gay legislation”.
IOC President tells UN: ‘I oppose any type of boycott of the Winter Olympics’ 18
11:07 AM — The President of the International Olympic Committee has once again dismissed calls for a boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics because of Russia’s anti-gay laws during a United Nations debate.
6th November 2013
Russia: Neo-nazi gang subject student to homophobic and racist torture 27
5:11 PM — A video showing a South African boy in Russia reportedly being tortured in a homophobic and racist fashion by an alleged neo-Nazi gang has been published online.
Russia: Arkhangelsk is the first region to repeal local anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law 13
1:38 PM — The north Russian region Arkhangelsk has become the first to repeal its local ban on "homosexual propaganda" to minors following two years of enforcement.
Russia: Lawmaker who compared being gay to having sex with a dog ‘welcomes all’ to Moscow 2016 Dog Show 7
12:34 PM — Vitaly Milonov, city councillor and author of St Petersburg’s homophobic censorship law, has said all people are "welcome" to the annual World Dog Show regardless of their sexual orientation, which is set to be held in Moscow in 2016.
5th November 2013
Russia: Norwegian journalists detained, and threatened with imprisonment for criticising Sochi Olympics 12
7:51 PM — A Norwegian news crew say they were detained, harassed and threatened with imprisonment whilst reporting on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
Dutch foreign minister offers asylum to Russians discriminated against under anti-gay law 8
4:55 PM — The Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans, has said Russians discriminated against under a law banning gay "propaganda", may apply for asylum in his country.
London protest planned for Russian conductor who says anti-gay laws protect ‘children from paedophiles’ 25
4:06 PM — Peter Tatchell is organising a public demonstration to be held this Thursday outside the Barbican against conductor Valery Gergiev, a friend of Vladimir Putin who supports the country’s anti-gay laws.
All Out releases pro-LGBT Russian Winter Olympics video 5
1:16 PM — A new video is seeking to raise awareness of Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws by asking what would happen if a gay athlete wins gold at next year’s Winter Olympics.
Amnesty condemns anti-gay attack on Russian HIV group, leaving man blinded in eye 11
12:24 PM — Amnesty says those responsible for a homophobic attack on a St Petersburg HIV support group - which resulted in a man being shot in the eye - must be brought to justice.
4th November 2013
Russia: Man shot in eye during attack on LGBT activists in St Petersburg 24
11:52 AM — Several LGBT rights activists have been attacked in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg, with one man reportedly shot in the eye.
1st November 2013
London: Peter Tatchell disrupts orchestral concert of Putin ally 25
4:18 PM — Peter Tatchell disrupted the opening of Valery Gergiev’s new London Symphony Orchestra concert season at the Barbican last night because of Gergiev’s support for Vladimir Putin.
29th October 2013
Russia: Group plans to hold gay-inclusive ‘open games’ just after Sochi Winter Olympics 5
2:03 PM — A group in Russia has announced plans to hold a "gay games" in Moscow just days after the Winter Olympics take place in Sochi in February 2014.
28th October 2013
Putin: Olympic athletes will feel ‘comfortable regardless of sexual orientation’ 19
3:34 PM — President Vladimir Putin has once again moved to dismiss concerns about LGBT athletes attending the Winter Olympics in light of Russia’s anti-gay laws.
26th October 2013
Gay former figure skater Johnny Weir on Russia’s anti-gay laws: ‘You have to respect the culture’ 48
12:35 PM — Former figure skater Johnny Weir will be heading to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi as a sports commentator after he failed to register for the national championships, but said he will not be campaigning Russia's anti-gay laws in any way as "you have to respect the culture of a country you are visiting."
23rd October 2013
US: Conservative activists say anti-gay violence in Russia is the fault of victims’ ‘public kissing’ 32
2:01 PM — Two US conservatives have defended bouts of anti-gay violence in Russia by claiming that they are "the natural way people react to homosexuality."
20th October 2013
Russian MP withdraws bill to deprive gay and lesbian couples of parenting rights 17
10:54 AM — The Russian lawmaker who last month introduced new anti-gay legislation to strip gay couples of parental rights has now withdrawn the bill from the Russian Duma, saying he plans to resubmit a revised version at a later date.
18th October 2013
Coca Cola bosses to decide whether to speak out against Russian LGBT issues ahead of Winter Olympics 10
6:14 PM — Bosses at Coca Cola are to meet in order to decide whether to speak up about laws in Russia banning the promotion of "non traditional relationships", ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
San Francisco backs out of historic Russian commemoration event following pressure from LGBT groups 2
10:46 AM — San Francisco has cancelled plans for a ceremony recognising the Russian Navy for its assistance in fighting a huge fire in the US city in 1863, allegedly due to pressure from several gay rights activists.
17th October 2013
Pussy riot joins campaign for Russian Winter Olympics boycott
5:28 PM — Pussy Riot has joined the campaign for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws.