7th July 2012
Russia: Eight gay rights campaigners arrested in St Petersburg 10
10:41 PM — Eight gay rights activists were arrested today in St Petersburg, Russia, for handing out "homosexual propaganda". The campaigners were attempting to hold gay Pride rallies. Three were arrested in a park, while five more were arrested later at the Smolny complex.
14th June 2012
Russian state radio interview with ‘gay cure’ therapist breached UK standards 16
12:52 PM — Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has ruled that an interview with Christian therapist Lesley Pilkington on Russian state radio in which the presenter referred to homosexuality as a 'disorder' to be 'cured' and decried 'aggressive homosexual propaganda' breached the Broadcasting Code when it aired in the UK.
7th June 2012
Moscow court upholds hundred-year ban on gay pride 34
5:34 PM — A court in Moscow has upheld the decision to deny requests for the next hundred years of pride events.
1st June 2012
St Petersburg judge ‘rules LGBT event bans were unlawful’ 10
4:18 PM — A judge in St Petersburg has ruled that bans on gay events put in place by officials under city's 'gay propaganda' legislation were unlawful, it has been reported.
21st May 2012
MEPs support ‘free speech’ after Kiev pride violence 12
6:29 PM — Members of the European Parliament are concerned about the number of gay pride marches being cancelled or banned across Europe due to homophobic violence or laws criminalising public support for LGBT rights.
17th May 2012
Poll: 47 percent of Russians believe the media can turn people gay 40
5:05 PM — 47 percent of Russians believe the media can turn people gay, a state-owned polling agency says.
9th May 2012
Sweden: Trans woman ‘in hiding’ to escape deportation to Russia 12
10:14 AM — A Russian trans woman refused asylum in Sweden appears today to be defying Swedish authorities by refusing to aid them in their efforts to deport her to Russia.
4th May 2012
Sweden: Deportation nears for trans woman abused in native Russia 130
3:55 PM — Time is fast running out for a Russian trans woman who, it was reported recently in Pink News, fears being forced by Swedish authorities to return to Russia, where she expects to face violence and possible imprisonment at the hands of the authorities.
Nikolai Alekseev first to be convicted of ‘gay propaganda’ in St Petersburg 27
9:58 AM — Gay rights campaigner Nikolai Alekseev has become the first man to be convicted under St Petersburg's recent 'gay propaganda' laws.
25th April 2012
Russia: Father imprisoned gay teen son in rehab clinic after a witch failed to exorcise his homosexuality 27
1:06 PM — A teenager has escaped from a rehab clinic after his traditonalist father had him locked up and drugged after he came out to him aged 16. The boy's grandmother had previously used the services of a 'witch' to cure him of his homosexuality.
24th April 2012
Analysis: Sweden to deport trans woman assaulted and urinated on by Russian police 28
11:52 AM — As a Russian trans woman prepares to return to violence or worse if she is expelled from Sweden later this week, the latter country’s reputation as a less than welcoming place for the trans community is once more in the spotlight.
Straight Russian man cleared of ‘gay propaganda’ charge in St Petersburg 5
10:47 AM — A judge in St Petersburg has cleared the first man to be charged under the newly-created offence of promoting homosexuality around minors but convicted him of disobeying police orders.
19th April 2012
Poll: 94 percent of Russians have never seen ‘gay propaganda’, 86 percent support ban 24
4:28 PM — While only six percent of Russians say they have seen 'gay propaganda', 86 percent support a ban, the state-owned media agency RIA Novosti reports.
16th April 2012
St Petersburg: First hearings for men arrested under anti-gay law postponed 5
3:41 PM — The trial of two men who are the first to be prosecuted under St Petersburg's new law banning the promotion of homosexuality among minors has reportedly been adjourned due to missing documents.
13th April 2012
Russia rejects gay rights in G8 statement 48
9:22 PM — Russia has formally distanced itself from endorsing LGBT rights, even going so far as refusing to recognise such rights, in a joint statement released by G8 foreign ministers.
9th April 2012
Anti-discrimination bill in Moldova being challenged by Orthodox Church 19
1:21 PM — The Alliance for European Integration (AIE) is attempting to pass an anti-discrimination bill in the Moldovan city of Balti, where the City Council passed an ordinance banning the "propagandising" of homosexuality.
6th April 2012
Activists in St Petersburg arrested for protesting against ‘gay propaganda’ ban 5
11:27 AM — Police detained two men in St. Petersburg yesterday for protesting against the new law banning "gay propaganda". As a result, the men are likely to become the first to be convicted under said law.
29th March 2012
St Petersburg ‘gay propaganda’ law could become nationwide Russian policy 21
4:03 PM — Earlier this month, the governor of St Petersburg signed into law a bill making it an offence to "promote" gay or transgender personal identities in the city. Now, lawmakers in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk have proposed that Russia introduces the legislation nationwide.
13th March 2012
St Petersburg governor signs ‘gay propaganda’ bill into law 46
2:36 PM — St Petersburg's governor has signed into law a bill making it an offence to 'promote' gay or transgender personal identities with commentators fearing how badly it will 'encourage hate' towards the city's gay, bi and trans people.
6th March 2012
Manchester to urge anti-gay law veto on St Petersburg trip 10
2:04 PM — The deputy council leader said it will exercise its right to point out that Manchester's twin city is "doing something wrong."