13th August 2013
Russian TV host who denied homophobia says gays ‘deliberately provoke situations to become victims’ 64
7:45 PM — A Russian state-funded TV host who this week denied being a homophobe after saying gay people's hearts are not suitable for organ donation, has again spoken on the issue of LGBT people in Russia to say that gay people "deliberately call, provoke situations, so that they become victims".
Comment: Will Sochi haunt the Olympic movement? 17
7:09 PM — Former Spanish Junior Swimming Champion Emmanuelle Schick fears the lessons of the 1933 Berlin Olympics have not been learnt when it comes to the IOC's handling of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Green MP Caroline Lucas: I am disappointed David Cameron has not taken a stronger stand against Russia’s anti-gay laws 13
2:16 PM — Green MP Caroline Lucas has written to Foreign Office Minister David Lidington expressing her “deep concerns” at Russia’s anti-gay legislation and says Britain should boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics - unless its moved from Russia.
London: King’s Head Theatre commissions protest piece against Russian anti-gay laws 2
2:11 PM — A rapid response theatre piece has been commissioned by the King's Head Theatre in London, in response to the international outcry surrounding recently introduced anti-gay laws in Russia.
Stephen Fry compares Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre to Mussolini in Sochi argument 45
1:44 PM — The argument over the issue of recently introduced anti-gay laws in Russia, and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics has escalated, with Stephen Fry criticising the Daily Mail for what he called a "hate-piece", and comparing the paper's Editor Paul Dacre to Mussolini.
Ireland: Dublin prepares for LGBT Noise’s 5th Annual March for Marriage 22
12:48 PM — The fifth Irish March for Marriage is due to take place in Dublin city centre on this coming Sunday afternoon. Last year saw thousands gather for what was described as a lively and colourful demonstration calling for the Irish Republic to introduce marriage equality.
Russian World Cup chief defends country’s anti-gay laws 46
12:43 PM — Russia's World Cup chief Alexey Sorokin has defended the country's homophobic censorship law.
Olympic Committee member calls for Russia’s anti-gay laws to be respected 67
10:32 AM — Lamine Diack, the President of the International Association of Athletes and member of the International Olympic Committee has said that he thinks there is "no problem whatsoever" with Russia's anti-gay laws.
12th August 2013
Russian Interior Ministry confirms that gay rights activists will face arrest during Winter Olympic games 35
11:39 PM — The Russian Interior Ministry, which is responsible for the police, has confirmed that those who break Russia's ban on the promotion of gay lifestyles to minors will face arrest at the Sochi Winter Olympics Games next year.
French Sports Minister expresses ‘worry’ over Russian anti-gay law 8
11:32 PM — The French Sports Minister has said to her Russian counterpart she is "worried" by recently introduced anti-gay laws in the country.
Russian TV host denies homophobia after saying the hearts of gay men should not be used for organ donation 20
6:22 PM — A Russian TV host has denied homophobia, since he came under heavy criticism after footage emerged during which he said that gay people should not be allowed to donate sperm or blood, and that their hearts should not even be used, as they are “unfit for extending anyone’s life”.
Olympics Committee member: ‘Russia must respect the Olympic Charter, or we will say goodbye to them’ 22
5:21 PM — During an interview with a senior member of the International Olympics Committee (IOC) from last week, the question of whether to relocate the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics because of recently introduced anti-gay laws, was raised for the first time.
Russia confirms that anti-gay laws will be enforced during Sochi Winter Olympics 17
4:34 PM — The Interior Ministry in Russia has confirmed that recently introduced anti-gay legislation will remain in force during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Video: Russian State-run TV host says ‘Gays’ hearts should be burned rather than used for organ donation’ 28
4:12 PM — Footage has emerged of a Russian State-run television host who is seen saying that gay people should not be allowed to donate sperm or blood, and that their hearts should not even be used, as they are "unfit for extending anyone's life".
Sweden: Pedestrian crossing outside Russian embassy painted in rainbow colours 12
2:56 PM — A pedestrian crossing outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm was late last week painted to rainbow colours, in what is being hailed as a protest against recently introduced anti-gay laws in Russia.
Analysis: Why life is getting harder for LGBT Russians 6
2:22 PM — At the weekend's central London demonstration against Russia's anti-gay laws, PinkNews.co.uk spoke to PhD student Anna Grigoryeva on what life is like for her LGBT friends in Moscow.
Exclusive: Brian Paddick: ‘Putin can ignore us unless we do things that hurt the Russian economy’ 15
1:24 PM — Speaking exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk, Brian Paddick suggests hurting Russia’s economy is the only way of taking effective action against the country’s homophobic censorship laws..
Kaleidoscope Trust: Hate attacks have increased in Russia since the passing of anti-gay laws 16
11:42 AM — The Kaleidoscope Trust says there’s been an increase in violence against LGBT people in Russia following the passing of anti-gay legislation.
11th August 2013
Russian politician brands Stephen Fry as ‘sick’ and compares being gay to having sex with a dog 75
11:43 PM — One of the key architects of Russia's anti-gay laws has branded the actor, writer and campaigner Stephen Fry as "sick" and compared being gay to bestuality in an interview with the BBC.
10th August 2013
Stephen Fry tells PinkNews: ‘The way to stop a tyrant like Putin is to inconvenience him’ 55
10:23 PM — In a PinkNews exclusive interview, Stephen Fry says greater pressure needs to be placed on Russia regarding its position on LGBT rights and he's urging people to “mock” President Putin.