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  • 28th May 2011

    Updated: Dan Choi and other gay rights activists arrested during Moscow Pride violence 198

    Police drag away a gay rights activist

    2:33 PM — Moscow police have arrested and detained a number of prominent gay rights activists including the openly gay US solider Dan Choi as homophobic violence broke out during the banned Moscow Pride march near to the Kremlin.

  • 27th May 2011

    Moscow Pride marchers fear neo-Nazi attacks 36

    Campaigners fear attacks from neo-Nazi thugs (Photo: Chad Meacham)

    4:45 PM — Marchers in tomorrow's Moscow Pride fear they may be targeted by neo-Nazi thugs. The march was banned by city authorities on the grounds of potential public disorder but a small group of gay rights activists say they will take to the streets anyway.

  • Moscow police will break up banned gay Pride march 107

    Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell being arrested at a previous Moscow Pride

    1:29 PM — Moscow's police force says it will break up an unauthorised gay Pride march to be held tomorrow. Gay rights campaigners were denied permission to hold the event for the sixth year running but said they would hold it anyway.

  • 25th May 2011

    Moscow Pride to go ahead despite ban 102

    Activists have held illegal marches for six years (Photo: Chad Meacham)

    1:36 PM — Gay rights campaigners say they will hold Moscow Pride regardless of a ban. Activists applied to hold the event in Bolotnaya Ploshchad city park on Saturday but Mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s administration turned down the request, citing a risk of public disorder.

  • 27th April 2011

    Moscow gay pride parade now uncertain 1

    The decision on the Russian capital's first gay pride march is now up in the air

    2:30 PM — Moscow have said they are ‘studying’ the proposal for the city’s first gay pride parade, after it was previously thought to be going ahead. Nikolai Alexeyev, Russia’s top gay rights activist, said yesterday that the city council had given the go-ahead to the proposed march on 28 May, a claim dismissed by Moscow’s central district head, […]

  • 6th December 2010

    Gay football group to boycott 2022 Qatar World Cup 10

    The GFSN said gay fans would be unable to visit Qatar for the World Cup

    5:42 PM — The Gay Football Supporters' Network says it will boycott all activities related to the 2022 World Cup because host country Qatar is homophobic.

  • 3rd December 2010

    Gay groups’ anger at ‘homophobic’ World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar 24

    Russia and Qatar will hold the 2018 and 2022 World Cups

    2:47 PM — Gay groups have said they are "deeply concerned" by FIFA's decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively. Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and can be punished with lashes and jail, while the Russian capital of Moscow has banned gay Pride marches for years.

  • 25th November 2010

    Russian gay activists hold first legal demonstration 3

    The demonstration was held in St Petersburg

    3:27 PM — Gay rights activists in St Petersburg held Russia's first legal pro-gay demonstration last Saturday. Around a dozen people gathered in the city centre with placards calling for gay rights, following a European Court of Human Rights ruling last month.

  • 21st October 2010

    European Human Rights Court rules against Russia over Moscow Gay Pride ban 5

    Bans on Moscow Pride were found to be against international human rights laws (Photo: Chad Meacham)

    11:00 AM — Gay rights activists in Russia are celebrating after the European Court of Human Rights today upheld three complaints over Moscow's ban on gay Pride marches.

  • 8th October 2010

    Russian court rules LGBT Pride parade ban ‘illegal’ 5

    The Court of St Petersburg has ruled that the city's Pride ban was "illegal".

    1:28 PM — A Russian Judge at the Court of St Petersburg ruled on Wednesday that the ban on the city's Pride march back in June was illegal.

  • 23rd June 2010

    Marchers to defy St Petersburg Pride ban 4

    St Petersburg Pride March has been banned

    6:14 PM — The organisers of St Petersburg's first gay pride march, which was due to take place this Saturday, have been told by city officials that they are forbidden to go ahead with the event.

  • 28th May 2010

    Mayor of Moscow a ‘criminal’ says Peter Tatchell 15

    Moscow Pride has been banned five years in a row

    1:06 PM — Peter Tatchell said yesterday that the mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov, was a "criminal" because of his placing a ban on Moscow Pride for the past five years.

  • 16th December 2009

    Brain injuries force Tatchell to stand down as Green candidate 18

    Peter Tatchell said his health meant he had to stand down

    11:46 AM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has announced he is standing down as a Green Party candidate for Oxford East. He said injuries sustained while fighting for human rights meant he could not do the job.

  • 10th October 2005

    Russian Railway Found Guilty of Discrimination for Sexual Orientation

    12:00 AM — A St. Petersburg court has ruled that the Oktyabrskaya Railroad acted illegally in rejecting a man's application to work as a train conductor because he was gay, the plaintiff's lawyer said this past week.

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