24th January 2014
McDonald’s #CheersToSochi Twitter hashtag hijacked by LGBT activists 5
6:41 PM — McDonald's has faced a backlash from LGBT rights advocates as it launched the hashtag #CheersToSochi on Twitter, in promotion of the Winter Olympics.
Video: TV and Broadway stars in Russia ‘gay propaganda’ law spoof
6:00 PM — Some of the biggest TV and Broadway stars have starred in a spoof video to protest Russian propaganda laws.
Russia accuses EU of ‘not respecting’ Olympics and of ‘aggressively promoting’ homosexuality 20
5:10 PM — A Russian offical has accused the European Union of trying to impose an "alien view" of homosexuality on other countries.
23rd January 2014
Russian Prime Minister: Not a single gay person in Russia has complained about the propaganda law 32
5:55 PM — Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has dismissed criticism of the country’s anti-gay laws, claiming not a single gay person has complained.
22nd January 2014
Comment: ‘The Sochi games will go down in history as the anti-gay Olympics’ 11
5:59 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell writes on the Sochi Winter Olympics due to start in February, and says they will be remembered for anti-gay legislation introduced in Russia last year.
Elton John offers to introduce Putin to gay Russians ‘who need to be heard’ 8
5:28 PM — Sir Elton John has offered to take President Vladimir Putin to see members of Russia's gay community.
Russia: Despite anti-gay law, twin toilets unveiled at Sochi Olympics venue 18
12:54 PM — A photograph taken of a twin men's toilet at a Sochi Winter Olympics venue in Russia has caused a storm of controversy on Twitter.
21st January 2014
Brass band could poke fun at Putin by playing gay anthem Y.M.C.A at Winter Olympics 8
6:15 PM — A Dutch brass band has said they may play 'YMCA' at the Winter Olympics over Russia's anti-gay laws.
Human Rights Watch: Violent homophobia on the rise in Russia 28
11:12 AM — A new report by Human Rights Watch shows homophobic violence is on the rise in Russia.
19th January 2014
Russia: Putin denies homophobia in anti-gay laws – ‘I myself know some people who are gay’ 22
12:33 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin has once more denied gay people are unwelcome at the Sochi Winter Olympics over anti-gay laws in the country, saying he is not prejudiced as he is on "friendly terms" with several people who are gay.
18th January 2014
Russia: Gay protester detained for unfurling rainbow flag during Olympic torch relay 28
6:49 PM — A Russian gay protester was detained today for revealing a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay.
17th January 2014
Comment: We should honour the life of Vlad Tornovoi by standing up for gay rights in Russia 8
4:02 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Tom Hayes says last year's homophobic murder of Vlad Tornovoi should galvanise Britain into raising Russia's appalling LGBT rights violations at next month's Winter Olympics.
Putin: Gay people will be safe at Olympics if they ‘leave kids alone’ 61
3:14 PM — President Vladimir Putin says gay people have nothing to fear in Russia as long as they leave children alone.
16th January 2014
Italian IOC member: It’s absurd for America to include ‘4 lesbians’ in its Olympic delegation 31
1:30 PM — IOC member Mario Pescante says it's "absurd" for America to include "4 lesbians" in its Winter Olympic delegation - even though the current number is 2.
Putin: Russia will not allow for discrimination at the Winter Olympics 24
12:18 PM — President Vladimir Putin has once again moved to dismiss concerns over Russia’s anti-gay laws by saying that no athlete would face discrimination at next month's Winter Olympics.
15th January 2014
US State Department issues travel warning about Russian anti-gay law ahead of Sochi 11
4:42 PM — The US State Department has issued a travel warning for those travelling to Russia for the Sochi Winter Olympics, noting the country's anti-gay law.
UK: Cabinet Equalites Minister Maria Miller will attend Russia’s Winter Olympics 11
3:46 PM — Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, will attend next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi, the government has confirmed.
Star Trek actor Chris Pine calls Russian anti-gay law ‘clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense’ 4
2:47 PM — Hollywood star Chris Pine has said that the US should have done more to challenge Russia on its anti-gay laws in the lead up to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Russia accuses EU of promoting ‘the aggressive propaganda of homosexual love’ 28
12:40 PM — A diplomatic attack against "gay propaganda", has been launched by Russia, which has accused the EU of promoting an "alien view of homosexuality and same-sex marriages as a norm of life."
14th January 2014
Watch: Vice documentary about homophobia in Russia 5
2:35 PM — The plight of LGBT Russians, who lives have been made far more difficult and dangerous due to the country’s anti-gay legislation, is the subject of a new film by Vice.