16th December 2013
Vice President of the European Commission to boycott Sochi Winter Olympics 5
3:25 PM — The Vice President of the European Commission has announced that she is to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014, because of recently introduced anti-gay laws in Russia.
France: President Francois Hollande to snub Russian Winter Olympics 8
11:43 AM — French President Francois Hollande has become the most high profile leader to snub the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.
15th December 2013
Canada: Gay author reimbursed after cancelling trip to Russia 13
12:10 PM — A gay author in Montreal has been fully reimbursed after cancelling a trip to Russia he had booked before the country introduced its notorious anti-gay "propaganda" laws earlier this year.
14th December 2013
Human rights group urges Obama to include LGBT people in US Sochi delegation 2
2:31 PM — A human rights group has written to US President Barack Obama to urge him to include LGBT people in the delegation sent to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
13th December 2013
Russian dolls of Elton John, Graham Norton, and Tom Daley auctioned for LGBT charity 7
8:00 PM — Russian dolls of five British celebrities are being auctioned off in order to raise money for the Russian LGBT community.
12th December 2013
Putin: Anti-gay laws protect against the ‘destruction of traditional values’ 36
12:33 PM — President Vladimir Putin has defended Russia’s anti-gay laws by saying they protect against the “destruction of traditional values”.
11th December 2013
Martina Navratilova: The Olympic Committee is ‘putting their head in the sand’ on LGBT rights 10
9:21 PM — Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has slammed the International Olympic Committee for "putting their head in the sand" over LGBT rights.
Elton John: I fear that Russian law blocks access to HIV information and pushes people away from Russia 7
4:48 PM — Elton John reflects on his recent trip to Russia where he performed two concerts, and met with grantees of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, saying that people in Russia had found it harder to get information about HIV since new Russian legislation, and reiterating why he thinks it is important for celebrities not to boycott the country.
10th December 2013
International Olympic Committee president confirms there will be protest zones set up at Sochi 13
9:30 PM — In the face of heavy criticism of Russia's human rights history, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach sought to diffuse the situation with an announcement on Tuesday.
EU Commissioner: ‘Russia’s anti-gay laws means I will certainly not go to the Winter Olympics’ 8
5:35 PM — Europe's Commissioner for Justice, Citizenship and Fundamental Rights has announced that she will not be attending the 2014 Winter Olympics as she opposes Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" laws.
UK Government warns Ian McKellen against travelling to Russia due to anti-gay laws 18
11:10 AM — The Foreign Office has advised Sir Ian McKellen "not to go to Russia" because of the country's homophobic laws, according to the gay actor.
9th December 2013
Russian asylum seeker to be deported despite plea to stay in UK over anti-gay law 10
6:16 PM — A Russian woman has been detained and is due to be sent back to her home country, despite pleading that her life is in danger there.
Germany’s President snubs Sochi Winter Olympics 12
5:21 PM — German President Joachim Gauck is boycotting the Winter Olympics and will not travel to Russia next year.
Putin’s new TV network boss believes gays should be banned from donating sperm and organs 17
1:21 PM — A TV presenter who said 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”, will now run Vladimir Putin’s new TV network.
7th December 2013
Video: Elton John speaks out for LGBT rights at Moscow concert 14
2:53 PM — Elton John took to the stage in Moscow last night, spoke of his support for LGBT rights, and dedicated the evening to murdered gay Russian Vladislav Tornovoi.
5th December 2013
Elton John to address Russian anti-gay laws in Moscow concert Friday 12
8:20 PM — Sir Elton John is to perform a concert in Moscow on Friday, at which he has vowed to raise the issue of Russia's anti-gay law.
4th December 2013
Russia’s highest court rules gay ‘propaganda’ law does not breach constitution 13
2:43 PM — Russia’s highest court has ruled that a law banning gay "propaganda" is not in breach of the country’s constitution.
Survey: 74% of Americans oppose Russia’s anti-gay laws, but 59% against Olympic boycott 12
1:59 PM — 74% of Americans oppose Russia's anti-gay legislation, but an overwhelming majority are against a US boycott of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, a poll has found.
3rd December 2013
American Apparel protests against Russia’s anti-gay laws 6
7:09 PM — LGBT campaign groups All Out and Athlete Ally have joined forces with American Apparel to produce Principle 6, a clothing line which challenges the anti-gay laws of Russia.
Johnny Weir: ‘I’ve never had someone call me a fag in Russia’ 27
6:31 PM — Retired Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir is facing criticism from some LGBT campaigners in the US who have accused him of turning a blind eye to LGBT persecution in Russia.