2nd October 2012
Ukraine gives initial approval to anti-gay law 11
4:45 PM — Human rights campaigners have criticised Ukraine after the country’s parliament passed a draft LGBT censorship law.
1st October 2012
Russia: Pussy Riot appeal case delayed
4:13 PM — A Russian court has adjourned the appeal hearing of three activists from the LGBT-supporting punk band Pussy Riot.
25th September 2012
Russian politician says being gay is a ‘bad habit’ that can be treated with prayer 42
4:39 PM — Vitaly Milonov, city councillor and author of St Petersburg’s homophobic censorship law, has referred to homosexuality as a “bad habit” that can be treated by fasting and prayer.
24th August 2012
Bulgaria: Hackers use gay pop singer’s video to attack Russian court’s website 9
1:08 PM — Unidentified hackers attacked the website of the Moscow-based court who sentenced Pussy Riot last week by posting on it a video by Azis, a gay Bulgarian Romani pop singer.
21st August 2012
Lawyer: Pussy Riot “may face physical harm and violence” 6
11:14 PM — The defence lawyer for the Russian feminist punk bank, Pussy Riot, has said he is concerned for the wellbeing of the group who were jailed last week.
17th August 2012
Russian anti-gay group sues Madonna for $10m for ‘causing moral suffering’ 85
10:39 PM — A group of homophobic Russian activists have sued Madonna for $10 million after they claimed she insulted their feelings when she spoke out in favour of gay equality during last week's concert in St Petersburg.
Appeal against century-long ban on gay pride in Moscow is refused 29
11:54 AM — Nikolay Alexeyev, founder of Moscow Gay Pride, has had his appeal against the century-long ban on the parade rejected by Moscow City Court.
11th August 2012
St Petersburg: Madonna accused of breaking anti-gay law and branded a whore 39
5:22 PM — As expected, this week’s gig by the queen of pop in Russia’s second largest city has not passed off without controversy.
8th August 2012
St Petersburg: Madonna responds to hate with pink wristbands 2
10:44 PM — The pop icon’s official Facebook page talks of the fashion accessories forming “part" of her upcoming show in the Russian city.
2nd August 2012
Russian social network only allows users to post straight relationships 10
5:30 PM — Russia’s leading social networking site has come under fire from gay rights activists for the lack of a same-sex relationship status option.
19th July 2012
Russian embassy alerts parents to ‘gay families’ at British summer schools 62
10:06 AM — The Russian embassy in London says it has received complaints from parents sending their children to UK summer schools where they have encountered, among other problems, 'families of homosexuals'.
17th July 2012
Sweden: Trans asylum seeker’s partner to be deported to Russia 9
2:53 PM — Russian trans asylum seeker, Lita, who is currently in hiding somewhere in Sweden, narrowly escaped being caught last week. But her partner and boyfriend Anton was apprehended by police and is now in deportation prison in Flen, from where he will shortly be removed to Russia.
14th July 2012
Russian gay rights campaigners appeal to European court over Pride bans 10
11:56 PM — Gay rights activists in Russia have appealed to the European Court of Human Rights after being banned from holding Pride marches in St Petersburg.
11th July 2012
Russia: Group calls for Facebook ban over gay marriage icon 53
3:35 PM — Religious activists in Russia are calling for a nationwide ban on Facebook now the social network allows gay couples to use an icon to represent their marriage.
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.