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.
19th November 2013
Sherlock star Andrew Scott publicly comes out as gay 10
10:58 AM — Sherlock actor Andrew Scott has has spoken out publicly for the first time to say that "as a gay person" he condemns Russian president Vladimir Putin for introducing anti-gay legislation to the country.
18th November 2013
Russian Sports Minister: Authorities should have waited a little before passing anti-gay law 13
3:43 PM — The Russian Sports Minister has again spoken in defence of an anti-gay law passed earlier this year, this time to say that the law may have caused so much controversy because of its timing, rather than its contents.
15th November 2013
Russian court fines Lady Gaga’s concert organiser for ‘promoting’ homosexuality to children 17
5:57 PM — Lady Gaga's promoters in Russia have been fined 20,000 rubles (£380 or $615) for violating the country's controversial anti-gay laws.
US: Gay activists to campaign outside New York Stock Exchange during Russian government visit 1
10:48 AM — Gay activists in New York have planned a demonstration outside Wall Street's federal hall during an upcoming Russian government visit, to campaign against anti-gay laws in the country.
14th November 2013
Swaziland confirms young black student suffered anti-gay and racist ‘trauma’ by Russian gang 8
5:22 PM — A young male student has returned to Swaziland having been allegedly tortured in a homophobic and racist fashion by a neo-Nazi Russian gang.
Video: Russian officials spy on LGBT activist meeting to portray Western ‘homosexualist infiltration’ 9
5:08 PM — Russian officials bugged a private strategy meeting of LGBT activists recently, and used the recording as part of a public television exposé on the “threat to Russia” posed by the “homosexualists who attempt to infiltrate our country.”
11th November 2013
Russia: Man who shot LGBT activist in face avoids prison sentence 11
5:23 PM — A man who shot an LGBT rights activist in the face with a rubber bullet gun has been spared prison after a Russian court handed him a one-year suspended sentence.
Lady Gaga: ‘I never said I was a gay icon’ 6
2:05 PM — Bisexual singer Lady Gaga has insisted she is not a "gay icon" despite being an advocate and supporter of LGBT equality, instead calling herself a "gay supporter."
Russia: Activist campaigning against ‘police state’ arrested after stapling testicles to cobblestone 21
1:26 PM — A man in Moscow was arrested and hospitalised recently after he stripped naked and stapled his testicles to a cobblestone pavement, in protest of what he called Russia's recent descent into a "police state" which follows the passage of anti-gay laws.
Dutch foreign minister: Russia does not prosecute against gay people – there is ‘no ground for asylum’ 15
11:59 AM — The Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans has said he was "misquoted" in an earlier report claiming LGBT Russians facing discrimination may apply for asylum in his country, now saying gay people are not "prosecuted" in Russia, so there is no ground for asylum in the Netherlands.
8th November 2013
Rugby star Gareth Thomas says ‘nothing should hold back’ gay athletes wanting to compete in Sochi 2014 7
5:07 PM — Former rugby player Gareth Thomas has said that "nothing should hold back" gay athletes who want to compete in the Sochi 2014 winter olympics, despite laws in Russia prohibiting the promotion of gay "propaganda."
Host of Moscow Miss Universe slams Russia’s anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws 10
11:59 AM — An openly gay US television host due to present the Miss Universe contest in Moscow has recently condemned Russia's notorious anti-gay "propaganda" legislation, calling it a "dark time" for the country.
7th November 2013
United Nations calls for international truce during Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics 10
2:19 PM — The General Assembly of the United Nations has called for an international truce during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Russian conductor Valery Gergiev denies supporting anti-gay laws ahead of London protest 24
12:35 PM — Ahead of a protest planned to take place outside his concert, Russian conductor Valery Gergiev says “It is wrong to suggest that I have ever supported anti-gay legislation”.
IOC President tells UN: ‘I oppose any type of boycott of the Winter Olympics’ 18
11:07 AM — The President of the International Olympic Committee has once again dismissed calls for a boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics because of Russia’s anti-gay laws during a United Nations debate.
6th November 2013
Russia: Neo-nazi gang subject student to homophobic and racist torture 27
5:11 PM — A video showing a South African boy in Russia reportedly being tortured in a homophobic and racist fashion by an alleged neo-Nazi gang has been published online.
Russia: Arkhangelsk is the first region to repeal local anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law 13
1:38 PM — The north Russian region Arkhangelsk has become the first to repeal its local ban on "homosexual propaganda" to minors following two years of enforcement.
Russia: Lawmaker who compared being gay to having sex with a dog ‘welcomes all’ to Moscow 2016 Dog Show 7
12:34 PM — Vitaly Milonov, city councillor and author of St Petersburg’s homophobic censorship law, has said all people are "welcome" to the annual World Dog Show regardless of their sexual orientation, which is set to be held in Moscow in 2016.