5th September 2013
Russian pole vault champion to keep Olympic youth ambassador role despite homophobic comments 19
7:20 PM — Russian pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva is to keep her role as Olympic youth ambassador despite homophobic comments she made last month while competing at the World Athletics Championship.
Gay rights activists hold individual protests in St Petersburg to gain attention of G20 leaders 4
7:16 PM — Around a dozen human rights activists have conducted individual protests against Russian anti-gay laws in St Petersburg, on the same day the G20 government leaders arrived in the city.
Irish Foreign Minister: We ‘strongly disagree’ with Russian anti-gay laws and will stand against them 3
4:28 PM — Irish foreign minister Eamon Gilmore has responded to calls from a number of gay activist groups over the controversial anti-gay "propaganda" laws in Russia, saying the government "strongly disagrees" with the legislation and is exploring actions to take against it.
Olympic Committee President: We are powerless to Russia’s anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws 24
11:11 AM — International Olympics Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge said there is little he can do to influence Russia’s anti-gay laws ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
4th September 2013
Amnesty International: G20 leaders must reject Russia’s anti-gay laws 2
5:01 PM — Amnesty International is urging leaders meeting at the St Petersburg G20 summit on Thursday to condemn Russia’s notorious anti-gay "propaganda" law and do all in their power to persuade authorities to scrap it.
Denmark: Petition with over 50,000 signatures delivered to Russian embassy against anti-gay law 3
3:16 PM — Today Amnesty International and To Russia with Love Denmark held a meeting with the Russian Embassy in Denmark and delivered more than 50,000 Danish signatures in protest against the new homophobic law in Russia.
US: Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively continues to praise Vladimir Putin as an ‘unlikely hero’ 11
2:59 PM — In a follow up to his letter warning Vladimir Putin that anti-gay "propaganda" laws in Russia may not be enough, anti-gay activist Scott Lively has released a bizarre tirade on his blog praising Putin as an "unlikely hero" and invoking "the battle we waged together against Nazism".
William Hague: ‘Britain must stick to its values and not retreat on issues like gay rights in Russia’ 15
12:59 PM — Foreign Secretary William Hague has spoken out against anti-gay laws in Russia to say that Britain's foreign policy must have "a conscience", and that it is in the nature of Britain to "stand up for human rights overseas."
Russia: Gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseyev seeks urgent meeting with Vladimir Putin 4
12:25 PM — Gay rights activist and Russian pride organiser Nikolai Alekseyev has officially requested a meeting with Vladimir Putin after the President claimed he was willing to speak with members of the LGBT community in a recent interview.
Vladimir Putin: Tchaikovsky was gay, and Russians still love him 29
10:27 AM — Vladimir Putin, who in June signed a law banning 'gay propaganda' in Russia, has sought to reassure concerns about athletes who display rainbow flags during the 2014 Winter Olympics, urging that there is no discrimination against gay people in his country.
3rd September 2013
Photos: Thousands protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws at London’s Whitehall 4
7:00 PM — A protest against the treatment of LGBT people in Russia is currently underway in London near the official residence of the Prime Minister David Cameron in Downing Street. Here are a selection of the latest photographs.
Comment: With all eyes on anti-gay Russia, there are three countries with a shocking need for coverage 24
6:44 PM — Paul Canning looks critically at media coverage of the LGBT situation in Russia, highlighting other areas around the globe where hate crimes and violence have also soared, yet where media coverage is still minimal.
Foreign Office confirms David Cameron will raise Russian anti-gay laws with Putin at G20 10
1:33 PM — Prime Minster David Cameron is to raise concerns over Russia's anti-gay laws introduced in June, when he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at this week's G20 meeting in St Petersburg.
Ireland: Gay activists urge leaders to take clear measures against Russian anti-gay laws
1:12 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) has urged leaders in Ireland to take a clear stance on their intended actions against Russia's notorious anti-gay "propaganda" laws.
My parents who believe that being gay is OK went to Russia and this is what they did 23
12:42 PM — The parents of PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen have performed an impromptu gay rights protest in the Russian city of St Petersburg, the birthplace of the country's recently passed anti-gay laws. Here he explains what they did.
2nd September 2013
Obama to meet gay Russian activists while in St Petersburg for G20 14
10:28 PM — President Barack Obama is reportedly to meet LGBT activists in the Russian city of St Petersburg during his trip to the city as part of a G20 Heads of Government meeting.
Italy: Gay rights group calls on government to break ‘silence’ over Russian anti-gay law
7:03 PM — An Italian gay rights group on Monday called on the Italian Government to break its "silence", on the issue of anti-gay laws introduced in June.
London: Demonstration against Russian anti-gay laws to take place on Tuesday 5
5:07 PM — A demonstration against anti-gay laws introduced in Russia in June will take place in London tomorrow.
US: Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively warns Vladimir Putin Russian ‘gay propaganda’ laws are not enough 30
4:48 PM — Scott Lively, an anti-gay activist who previously supported the Ugandan 'kill the gays' bill, wrote an open latter to President Vladimir Putin this month telling him more can be done with Russia's notorious anti-gay laws.
Russia: First person to be convicted under anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law arrested by his own parents 51
1:42 PM — 24-year-old Dmitry Isakov may become the first gay rights activist to be convicted under Russia's controversial "gay propanda" laws, after he was attacked and arrested by his own parents at a solo campaign in July.