14th April 2015
Russian Siri refuses to talk about gays: ‘I will pretend I didn’t hear that’ 12
11:48 AM — It has emerged that Apple's virtual assistant Siri refuses to discuss homosexuality in Russia.
10th December 2014
Vladimir Putin ‘runner up’ for TIME’s Person of the Year 10
4:38 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin has been named the runner up for TIME's Person of the Year award.
19th September 2014
Russia: t.A.T.u singer contradicts former bandmate, says everyone should be free to love 3
3:54 PM — Former t.A.T.u singer Lena Katina has reaffirmed her support for gay rights, after her ex-bandmate said she "wouldn't accept" a gay son.
14th November 2013
Russia: Newspaper accused of ‘gay propaganda’ for reporting of gay teacher’s sacking 14
2:13 PM — Russia's state media regulator has accused a newspaper of breaking the country's gay "propaganda" law because it published an article about a teacher who was fired for being gay.
16th October 2013
Moscow home of Dutch diplomat attacked with homophobic graffiti 9
12:58 PM — A senior Dutch diplomat has been attacked at his home in the Russian capital by unknown assailants who scrawled the letters "LGBT" on a mirror.
2nd August 2013
Manchester Council calls on Russia’s St Petersburg to drop anti-gay laws 23
11:51 AM — Manchester City Council is urging the Russian city of St Petersburg to drop its homophobic censorship laws.
16th July 2013
Sinn Fein criticises Russian Government for passage of anti-gay laws 8
6:08 PM — A spokesman on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Diaspora from Sinn Féin has criticised the Russian Government for introducing anti-gay legislation, including a law banning homosexual "propaganda".
20th June 2013
Russia: MP calls for law allowing gays to be whipped in public squares 111
3:22 PM — Russian MP Alexander Mikhailov has reportedly called for the right of marines to whip gay people in public.
14th June 2013
Labour MEP Michael Cashman: Putin’s ‘hate speech’ has resulted in the ‘barbaric killing’ of gay Russian men 9
1:34 PM — The European Parliament has adopted a resolution condemning Russian MPs for passing a draconian homophobic censorship law, with Labour MEP Michael Cashman saying “hate speech” from President Putin and others has resulted in the “barbaric killing of gay men”.
1st May 2013
Russia: Parades to demonstrate for gay rights in Moscow and St Petersburg, despite anti-gay law 18
1:41 AM — Parades of gay rights demonstrators will take to the streets of Moscow and St Petersburg today, despite a law in the latter, which prohibits the "promotion" of homosexuality.
5th February 2013
Ombudsman: Russia will not allow ‘unconstitutional’ adoption to French gay couples 1
1:38 PM — The Russian children's rights ombudsman has said that allowing French gay couples to adopt Russian orphans would be "unconstitutional".
20th January 2013
Angry crowd of fascists attack gay activists in Russian city of Voronezh 53
5:49 PM — Homophobic Russians have attacked gay activists in the city of Voronezh, the attacks have taken place following a protest against homophobic legislation in place in parts of the country and being considered in others.
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.
24th January 2012
Russia: Gay pride suspicion stops nationalist jog 10
11:45 AM — Police in the Kaliningrad outpost of Russia have reportedly stopped a group of right-wing joggers after being wrongly tipped that they were staging an illegal gay pride parade.
31st August 2011
Russian cannibal confesses to eating man he met on gay dating website 18
12:10 AM — An alleged cannibal in Russia has been arrested after confessing to stabbing, killing and then eating a 32-year-old man he met using a gay dating service. The 21-year-old man, identified only as Ivan L, reportedly confessed to eating the gay man, identified as Roman E, in the city of Murmansk, in the extreme north-west of Russia.
23rd December 2009
Head of Russian Orthodox Church condemns discrimination against gays 28
4:09 PM — The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, has said that although homosexuality is still a sin, gay people must not be discriminated against.