Elton John: I fear that Russian law blocks access to HIV information and pushes people away from Russia 2
4:48 PM — Elton John reflects on his recent trip to Russia where he performed two concerts, and met with grantees of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, saying that people in Russia had found it harder to get information about HIV since new Russian legislation, and reiterating why he thinks it is important for celebrities not to boycott the country.
10th December 2013
International Olympic Committee president confirms there will be protest zones set up at Sochi 10
9:30 PM — In the face of heavy criticism of Russia's human rights history, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach sought to diffuse the situation with an announcement on Tuesday.
EU Commissioner: ‘Russia’s anti-gay laws means I will certainly not go to the Winter Olympics’ 6
5:35 PM — Europe's Commissioner for Justice, Citizenship and Fundamental Rights has announced that she will not be attending the 2014 Winter Olympics as she opposes Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" laws.
UK Government warns Ian McKellen against travelling to Russia due to anti-gay laws 14
11:10 AM — The Foreign Office has advised Sir Ian McKellen "not to go to Russia" because of the country's homophobic laws, according to the gay actor.
9th December 2013
Russian asylum seeker to be deported despite plea to stay in UK over anti-gay law 10
6:16 PM — A Russian woman has been detained and is due to be sent back to her home country, despite pleading that her life is in danger there.
Germany’s President snubs Sochi Winter Olympics 11
5:21 PM — German President Joachim Gauck is boycotting the Winter Olympics and will not travel to Russia next year.
Putin’s new TV network boss believes gays should be banned from donating sperm and organs 15
1:21 PM — A TV presenter who said gay people should not be allowed to donate sperm or blood, and that their hearts should not even be used, as they are “unfit for extending anyone’s life”, will now run Vladimir Putin’s new TV network.
7th December 2013
Video: Elton John speaks out for LGBT rights at Moscow concert 14
2:53 PM — Elton John took to the stage in Moscow last night, spoke of his support for LGBT rights, and dedicated the evening to murdered gay Russian Vladislav Tornovoi.
5th December 2013
Elton John to address Russian anti-gay laws in Moscow concert Friday 12
8:20 PM — Sir Elton John is to perform a concert in Moscow on Friday, at which he has vowed to raise the issue of Russia's anti-gay law.
4th December 2013
Russia’s highest court rules gay ‘propaganda’ law does not breach constitution 13
2:43 PM — Russia’s highest court has ruled that a law banning gay "propaganda" is not in breach of the country’s constitution.
Survey: 74% of Americans oppose Russia’s anti-gay laws, but 59% against Olympic boycott 11
1:59 PM — 74% of Americans oppose Russia's anti-gay legislation, but an overwhelming majority are against a US boycott of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, a poll has found.
3rd December 2013
American Apparel protests against Russia’s anti-gay laws 6
7:09 PM — LGBT campaign groups All Out and Athlete Ally have joined forces with American Apparel to produce Principle 6, a clothing line which challenges the anti-gay laws of Russia.
Johnny Weir: ‘I’ve never had someone call me a fag in Russia’ 27
6:31 PM — Retired Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir is facing criticism from some LGBT campaigners in the US who have accused him of turning a blind eye to LGBT persecution in Russia.
1st December 2013
Clare Balding says her grandmother told her she was ‘disgusting’ for being a lesbian 19
8:59 AM — Sports broadcaster Clare Balding has revealed her grandmother told her she was "disgusting" after finding out she was a lesbian.
Russian gay activists urge Olympic president to launch ‘investigation’ into anti-gay laws 12
8:58 AM — Russian gay activists have urged the President of the International Olympic Committee to launch an "investigation" into the country's anti-gay laws ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.
29th November 2013
Russia says Italy can continue adopting its children because it does not allow equal marriage 10
8:01 PM — Italy will be allowed to continue adopting Russian children as it “refused to recognise same-sex marriage”. In June Russian President signed a law into effect which bans the promotion of “non-traditional” relationships to minors. Subsequently, he signed another bill banning US couples from adopting Russian children over America’s shifts towards same-sex marriage. Last month Russian […]
26th November 2013
US: Ikea store targeted with gay kiss-in campaign over lesbian censorship in Russia 7
10:15 AM — A group of gay activists at a New York Ikea recently took part in a "guerrilla photo shoot" campaign against the company's recent decision to censor a lesbian couple's interview from its Russian edition magazines.
25th November 2013
Russia: Gay club attacked with ‘harmful gas’ by unknown assailants 7
6:03 PM — A Moscow gay club was the subject of a gas attack by unknown assailants on Saturday, who were expected to have been anti-gay extremists.
21st November 2013
Putin: I support anti-gay laws but I’m against ‘hatred towards anyone’ 40
11:57 AM — President Vladimir Putin says he’s against “hatred" towards people of a "non-traditional sexual orientation" – but he continues to support the country’s anti-gay laws.
20th November 2013
Ikea under fire for removing lesbian interview from magazine in Russian edition to ‘remain neutral’ 12
4:53 PM — Swedish furniture giant Ikea has come under criticism for editing out an interview with a lesbian couple from its customer magazine in its Russian edition.