11th August 2012
St Petersburg: Madonna accused of breaking anti-gay law and branded a whore 39
5:22 PM — As expected, this week’s gig by the queen of pop in Russia’s second largest city has not passed off without controversy.
8th August 2012
St Petersburg: Madonna responds to hate with pink wristbands 2
10:44 PM — The pop icon’s official Facebook page talks of the fashion accessories forming “part" of her upcoming show in the Russian city.
14th July 2012
Russian gay rights campaigners appeal to European court over Pride bans 10
11:56 PM — Gay rights activists in Russia have appealed to the European Court of Human Rights after being banned from holding Pride marches in St Petersburg.
7th July 2012
Russia: Eight gay rights campaigners arrested in St Petersburg 10
10:41 PM — Eight gay rights activists were arrested today in St Petersburg, Russia, for handing out "homosexual propaganda". The campaigners were attempting to hold gay Pride rallies. Three were arrested in a park, while five more were arrested later at the Smolny complex.
1st June 2012
St Petersburg judge ‘rules LGBT event bans were unlawful’ 10
4:18 PM — A judge in St Petersburg has ruled that bans on gay events put in place by officials under city's 'gay propaganda' legislation were unlawful, it has been reported.
4th May 2012
Nikolai Alekseev first to be convicted of ‘gay propaganda’ in St Petersburg 27
9:58 AM — Gay rights campaigner Nikolai Alekseev has become the first man to be convicted under St Petersburg's recent 'gay propaganda' laws.
1st May 2012
Russia: Police arrest gay rights activists in St Petersburg 35
8:53 PM — Russian police force have arrested seventeen gay rights activists during a May Day rally in St Petersburg, which recently passed a law that banned what it called 'homosexual propaganda.'
24th April 2012
Straight Russian man cleared of ‘gay propaganda’ charge in St Petersburg 5
10:47 AM — A judge in St Petersburg has cleared the first man to be charged under the newly-created offence of promoting homosexuality around minors but convicted him of disobeying police orders.
19th April 2012
Poll: 94 percent of Russians have never seen ‘gay propaganda’, 86 percent support ban 24
4:28 PM — While only six percent of Russians say they have seen 'gay propaganda', 86 percent support a ban, the state-owned media agency RIA Novosti reports.
16th April 2012
St Petersburg: First hearings for men arrested under anti-gay law postponed 5
3:41 PM — The trial of two men who are the first to be prosecuted under St Petersburg's new law banning the promotion of homosexuality among minors has reportedly been adjourned due to missing documents.
13th April 2012
Hungary: Fears over new ‘gay disorder’ bills 10
11:01 AM — Following similar developments in Russia, extreme-right parliamentarians in Hungary have tabled proposals to outlaw public discussions of homosexuality. In parallel, the Budapest police has rejected a request to hold the annual LGBT pride march in July 2012.
6th April 2012
Activists in St Petersburg arrested for protesting against ‘gay propaganda’ ban 5
11:27 AM — Police detained two men in St. Petersburg yesterday for protesting against the new law banning "gay propaganda". As a result, the men are likely to become the first to be convicted under said law.
29th March 2012
St Petersburg ‘gay propaganda’ law could become nationwide Russian policy 21
4:03 PM — Earlier this month, the governor of St Petersburg signed into law a bill making it an offence to "promote" gay or transgender personal identities in the city. Now, lawmakers in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk have proposed that Russia introduces the legislation nationwide.
23rd March 2012
Madonna may be arrested in St Petersburg 41
9:06 PM — The author of the St Petersburg anti-gay bill has said that he would want Madonna charged under that law, should she speak out against it during her forthcoming concert in the city.
22nd March 2012
Madonna pledges to defy St Petersburg anti-gay law 43
7:19 PM — With only two days to go before the St Petersburg anti-gay law comes into effect, Madonna has vowed to defy the law during her Russian tour later this year.
13th March 2012
St Petersburg governor signs ‘gay propaganda’ bill into law 46
2:36 PM — St Petersburg's governor has signed into law a bill making it an offence to 'promote' gay or transgender personal identities with commentators fearing how badly it will 'encourage hate' towards the city's gay, bi and trans people.
6th March 2012
Manchester to urge anti-gay law veto on St Petersburg trip 10
2:04 PM — The deputy council leader said it will exercise its right to point out that Manchester's twin city is "doing something wrong."
2nd March 2012
Video: Call to boycott St Petersburg over anti-gay law 17
5:07 PM — International protest against St Petersburg's new law banning the promotion of "sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism” have continued with a video highlighting the law's effect.
29th February 2012
Protesters urge St Petersburg not to enact anti-gay law 1
4:38 PM — The British Foreign Office is among a number of bodies and groups of protesters around the world urging St Petersburg not to enact the anti-gay law its legislature passed today.
St Petersburg passes ‘gay propaganda’ law 8
10:51 AM — St Petersburg has joined three other Russian cities in passing a law banning the promotion of gay and trans identities among minors.