23rd August 2013
Russia: Vladimir Putin signs decree banning protests for duration of Sochi games 38
5:00 PM — A decree banning demonstrations and rallies has been signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and will take place over the duration of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Video: Ten thousand march in Copenhagen against anti-gay laws in Russia 16
1:08 PM — Five times the number of participants than were expected took to the streets of Copenhagen earlier this week to protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin, and anti-gay laws passed in Russia.
22nd August 2013
Belgian fashion designer launches pro-gay boxer shorts to humiliate Putin 22
6:54 PM — Belgian designer Kristof Buntinx has launched a new range of boxer shorts featuring Russian symbols that will be marketed at gay men.
Olympic Committee President: We are content with reassurances from Russia over anti-gay legislation 13
6:16 PM — The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has released a statement saying it is content with the reassurances given by Russia over an anti-gay law signed in June for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
US journalist says Russian state TV told pre-arranged taxi to dump him on a highway 11
1:05 PM — A US reporter who appeared on Russian state-funded television yesterday, refused to talk about Bradley Manning, and instead using his time to speak out against the repression of LGBT people in the country before being cut off, has now accused the network of telling a Swedish taxi driver to drop him off on a highway.
21st August 2013
Prison Break star Wentworth Miller comes out as gay and declines Russian film premiere 37
11:23 PM — British-born American actor Wentworth Miller has come out as gay in a letter sent to the St Petersburg International Film Festival.
Video: Reporter cut off on Russian state TV: ‘Gay people will not be silent in the face of repression’ 26
7:05 PM — A US reporter invited onto Russian state-funded TV to talk about Bradley Manning who used his time to speak out against the repression of LGBT people in the country was cut off by the host, but not before saying "we're not going to be silent of horrific repression".
Award-winning German playwright rejects invitation to Moscow over anti-gay laws 14
4:04 PM — A German playwright has joined in an international boycott of Russia because of its anti-gay laws, after he refused to visit the country for a performance of his play.
Norway: Rainbow crossing pops up outside Russian embassy in Oslo 9
1:17 PM — A pedestrian crossing outside the Russian embassy in Oslo has been coloured in with rainbow colours, the latest in a string of installations to protest Russia's anti-gay laws introduced in June.
20th August 2013
London to stage September protest against homophobia in Russia 6
2:09 PM — Another demonstration against Russia’s anti-gay laws is due to take place in central London next month two days before the G20 summit opens in the Russian city of St Petersburg.
Russian athletes ‘insulted’ by the idea that same-sex kiss was meant in protest against anti-gay laws 32
1:11 PM — Two female Russian athletes have expanded on their assertion that a kiss between the pair after winning gold at the Moscow World Athletics Championships, was not meant as a protest against anti-gay laws in the country, and that they are "insulted" by the suggestion.
Comment: Why is there so much LGBT focus on Russia? 20
12:40 PM — Journalist Patrick Cash writes about international condemnation of Russia's anti-gay laws and says western outrage is wrapped up in wider geopolitics.
19th August 2013
Swedish ice hockey star notes positive reaction to his criticism of anti-gay laws in Russia 3
7:42 PM — Swedish ice hockey star Victor Hedman, has noted the "positive" response he received after speaking out against Russia's anti-gay law, which was passed in June, and which bans the "promotion" of homosexuality.
United Nations human rights office urges Russia and Moldova to repeal anti-gay laws 10
7:14 PM — The human rights office of the United Nations has spoken out to condemn Russia's law, passed in June, which bans homosexual "propaganda", and has urged for Russia, as well as Moldova, to repeal such laws, and for other countries to scrap the potential adoption of identical legislation.
Russian female athletes who kissed after winning gold deny it was in protest against anti-gay laws 10
6:43 PM — Two Russian athletes who kissed on the podium after winning gold at the Moscow World Athletics Championships, have strongly denied claims that they did it as a protest against anti-gay laws passed in the country in June.
Rupert Everett ‘absolutely’ agrees with Stephen Fry over Sochi Winter Olympics boycott 11
5:16 PM — Actor Rupert Evertt has voiced his agreement with an open letter sent to Prime Minister David Cameron by actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry urging a boycott of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Russia: Finnish minister waves rainbow flag at Moscow athletics, despite anti-gay laws 21
3:17 PM — The Finnish minister for culture and sports attended the World Athletic Championships in Moscow last week, and on Saturday, despite harsh anti-gay laws, flew a rainbow flag at the event.
LobbyForRussia.org launched to help LGBT people in Russia 11
12:41 PM — A new campaign site has been launched to allow individuals to lobby their MPs to demand action from the UK Government on the atrocities in Russia.
18th August 2013
Russian Sports Minister: Uproar over anti-propaganda law is an ‘invented problem’ 52
3:06 PM — Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has claimed that international concern over his country's discriminatory laws, and subsequent calls to boycott the Winter Olympics in Russia, is a media-"invented problem".
IOC President: We will ensure there is no anti-LGBT discrimination during the Games 27
12:46 PM — International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge has said he is committed to ensuring the Sochi Winter Olympics are accessible to all, despite discriminatory laws enacted in host country Russia.