30th July 2013
Government petition urging UK to boycott 2014 Winter Olympics due to Russian homophobia passes 8,000 10
4:42 PM — A petition calling on the UK Government to support a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics because of Russia’s increasingly homophobic stance has attracted more than 8,000 signatures.
Russian politician vows police will arrest all pro-gay protesters including Olympic athletes and spectators 45
12:21 PM — A Russian legislator who co-sponsored the controversial anti-gay law recently introduced, has said the government cannot suspend the law for the 2014 Winter Olympics, as has been suggested this week.
29th July 2013
Canada: Vancouver Mayor attacks Russia over anti-gay laws ahead of Winter Olympics 10
11:41 PM — The mayor of Vancouver has spoken out to heavily criticise the recent introduction of Russian anti-gay laws ahead of the Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi in 2014.
Comment: The Russian vodka boycott is an example of passive gay activism 125
6:24 PM — Richard Smith believes we are living in an era of "passive gay activism" - and he points to the much-publicised boycott of Russian vodka by some in the LGBT community as proof.
NBC Sports will address Russian anti-gay law at Winter Olympics if it poses a problem 8
4:39 PM — The Chairman of NBC Sports Group Mark Lazarus, has announced that the US television network would acknowledge Russia's anti-gay laws during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, if they were to pose an issue.
Russia: Deputies seek defamation charges against gay rights activist 11
1:09 PM — Two deputies in the Russian State Duma have requested that prosecutors file criminal charges of defamation against a gay rights activist, because they say he insulted public officials on Twitter.
26th July 2013
Russia: LGBT film festival loses appeal against fines under ‘foreign agent’ laws 2
4:30 PM — A Russian LGBT film festival has lost an appeal against fines made against it under new controversial 'foreign agent' laws.
G-A-Y bars joins boycott of Russian vodka and urges supermarkets to do the same 21
2:59 PM — G-A-Y group has become the latest to vow to boycott Russian vodkas in solidarity with LGBT people living in Russia, where gay "propaganda", and the adoption of children by foreign gay couples were recently made illegal.
Canada: Vancouver bars join ‘dump Russia vodka’ campaign over anti-gay laws 9
2:49 PM — At least two bars in Vancouver have joined the battle against the controversial Russian anti-gay “propaganda” laws by refusing to sell Russian made vodka.
Russia: Gay teenagers tortured and made to come out on video by militant ‘anti-paedophilia’ group 123
2:18 PM — A neo-Nazi Russian group has taken to social media to publicise images and videos of gay teenagers lured in on the promise of a date, before torturing them and forcing them to come out to friends and family on video.
Ku Bar joins campaign to ‘dump Russian vodka’ over anti-gay laws 17
12:58 PM — Ku Bar, a gay bar in Soho London, has joined the battle against the controversial anti-gay “propaganda” laws in Russia with an advertisement echoing Dan Savage's message to "dump russian vodka".
US: Stoli vodka ‘upset and angry’ at Russian anti-gay laws 23
12:08 PM — Stolichnaya, one of the most popular vodkas in the United States, has joined the battle against the controversial anti-gay "propaganda" laws in Russia with a worldwide message of support for the LGBT community.
25th July 2013
Russia: Author publishes gay themed children’s book in spite of anti-gay laws 7
5:09 PM — An author in Russia has published a children's book that prominently features a gay character and his struggle to find acceptance in the country.
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.
24th July 2013
Petition calls for British boycott of Russian Winter Olympics because of anti-gay laws 13
5:06 PM — A petition has been started with a view to having the British Olympics Association boycott the Russian Winter Olympics next year, in the wake of the passage of anti-gay legislation.
22nd July 2013
Olympic committee calls for acceptance of all athletes at Winter Olympics despite Russian anti-gay laws 42
10:10 PM — Responding to human rights groups, the International Olympic Committee has released a statement calling for the acceptance of all athletes in the wake of Russia's recently passed anti-gay legislation.
Russia: 4 Dutch citizens quizzed by police over ‘gay propaganda’ 10
5:31 PM — Four Dutch nationals have been questioned by police in Russia over alleged "gay propaganda" offences.
21st July 2013
Head of Russian Orthodox Church warns equal marriage is a sign of the apocalypse 83
8:00 PM — The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, has condemned the advance of marriage equality in the West, calling it a symptom of the apocalypse.
18th July 2013
Ireland updates travel advice for LGBT citizens travelling to Russia due to passing of anti-gay laws 20
5:52 PM — The Irish Government has updated its advice for citizens travelling to Russia following the recent passing of several homophobic laws.
Nick Clegg tells PinkNews: Russia needs to ‘move with the times’ when it comes to LGBT rights 18
3:41 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has urged Russia to protect the rights of LGBT citizens following concerns about gay athletes attending the 2014 Winter Olympics.