5th June 2013
Russia: Parliament could move to ban foreign same-sex adoption in a month 3
1:56 AM — The Russian State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament, could move to approve an amendment which would ban the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples, by early July.
4th June 2013
Vladimir Putin says he will sign gay adoption ban but claims ‘there is no discrimination’ in Russia 25
6:23 PM — President Vladimir Putin says he will back a ban on foreign same-sex couples from adopting Russian children, but denies it amounts to homophobic discrimination.
3rd June 2013
Russia: Second man in a month killed for being gay was stabbed to death and had body burned 5
7:36 PM — A man was stabbed and trampled to death by three men last week, after they discovered he was gay, Russia's Investigative Committee has revealed.
12th May 2013
Russia: Tortured and killed gay man was ‘raped with beer bottles’ 55
1:31 PM — A gay man from the southern Russian city of Volgograd who was tortured to death in an apparent hate crime, was sexually assaulted with beer bottles, and had his skull "smashed with a stone", authorities said on Sunday.
1st May 2013
Russia: Parades to demonstrate for gay rights in Moscow and St Petersburg, despite anti-gay law 18
1:41 AM — Parades of gay rights demonstrators will take to the streets of Moscow and St Petersburg today, despite a law in the latter, which prohibits the "promotion" of homosexuality.
26th April 2013
Vladimir Putin: Russia may change its law to stop foreign gay couples from adopting our orphans 8
4:33 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin, has confirmed reports that the country may change its agreements for the foreign adoption of Russian children, in the light of France legalising equal marriage, to prevent gay, married couples from adopting.
25th April 2013
Topless anti-homophobia protesters soak Belgian archbishop with water during debate 31
2:05 PM — Topless activists from human rights protest group FEMEN have demonstrated during a Catholic Church debate in Brussels, Belgium, soaking the country's Catholic leader with water.
9th April 2013
Russia’s Vladimir Putin greeted by pro-LGBT topless protesters in Germany 7
1:19 AM — Upon arriving in Germany for a trade visit, Russian President Vladimir Putin was greeted by angry LGBT protesters, including a topless rally from the feminist group Femen.
8th April 2013
Amsterdam’s rainbow flags flying at half mast to mark visit by Russia’s Vladimir Putin 15
10:02 AM — Rainbow flags across Amsterdam are being flown at half mast today to mark the arrival of the Russian President Vladimir Putin, in protest against the proposed bill that would make promotion of homosexuality among youths punishable in Russia.
28th March 2013
Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to stop gay couples from adopting Russian orphans 11
4:55 PM — The Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken steps towards ordering the country's government and Supreme Court to write amendments to the adoption procedure prohibiting foreign gay couples from adopting Russian children.
27th March 2013
Amsterdam to fly rainbow flag for Russian President Putin’s visit to the capital 25
3:32 PM — The rainbow flag will be hoisted when Russian President Vladimir Putin comes to Amsterdam on 8 April.
21st January 2013
Russia plans to outlaw ‘homosexual propaganda’ nationwide 18
4:30 PM — A Russian bill that could impose a heavy fine for anyone deemed to publicly promote homosexuality is being moved to a first vote.
23rd November 2012
Chris Bryant accuses Russian officials of ‘smears’ and of circulating underwear photo 62
5:13 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant has claimed he is the victim of a homophobic smear campaign by the Russian Embassy in London after a website published an old image of him wearing just his underwear.
10th October 2012
Russia: Pussy Riot band member released from jail 4
7:33 PM — One member of the Russian LGBT-supporting punk band Pussy Riot has been freed from jail – although the other two women remain behind bars.
25th September 2012
Russian politician says being gay is a ‘bad habit’ that can be treated with prayer 42
4:39 PM — Vitaly Milonov, city councillor and author of St Petersburg’s homophobic censorship law, has referred to homosexuality as a “bad habit” that can be treated by fasting and prayer.
14th September 2012
Russian PM calls for the release of Pussy Riot 13
12:38 PM — Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has called for three members of the LGBT-supporting feminist punk band Pussy Riot to be freed.
21st August 2012
Lawyer: Pussy Riot “may face physical harm and violence” 6
11:14 PM — The defence lawyer for the Russian feminist punk bank, Pussy Riot, has said he is concerned for the wellbeing of the group who were jailed last week.
17th August 2012
Update: each member of LGBT-supporting feminist punk band Pussy Riot sentenced to two years in prison 86
1:21 PM — Three members of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot have been found guilty and convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, over a their protest in a Moscow cathedral during which they performed an anti-Putin "punk prayer".
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.
23rd June 2010
Marchers to defy St Petersburg Pride ban 4
6:14 PM — The organisers of St Petersburg's first gay pride march, which was due to take place this Saturday, have been told by city officials that they are forbidden to go ahead with the event.