8th August 2013
Russian Sports Minister tells world to ‘calm down’ about state sanctioned repression of gay people 51
10:54 PM — The Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has told the world to "calm down" over Russia's recently passed laws that ban the bans the "promotion of non-traditional relationships".
Video: Partially state-funded Russian news channel runs report saying Western coverage of anti-gay laws is ‘warped’ 23
6:47 PM — Russian partially state-funded news channel RT has aired a special report on foreign perceptions of recently passed anti-gay laws, which appears to attempt to suggest that the majority of Russian support the laws, and calls US reports on the issue "warped".
Canada: Women’s group accuses Foreign Affairs Minister of abusing his position by supporting gay rights 25
3:25 PM — A Canadian conservative women's group has accused Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird of taking advantage of his position in order to defend gay rights, after he spoke out last week against recently introduced Russian anti-gay laws.
BNP leader Nick Griffin tells Stephen Fry to ‘get over’ his fears about Russia’s anti-gay laws 84
3:18 PM — BNP leader Nick Griffin says Russia’s decision to introduce anti-gay laws is because the country favours “traditional values” and has told Stephen Fry to “get over it!”
MSP James Dornan: Glasgow Pride is an opportunity to show solidarity with Russia’s LGBT community 1
2:24 PM — Scottish National Party MSP James Dornan says this weekend's Glasgow Pride is an opportunity to show solidarity with Russia's LGBT community amid widespread oppression.
Tory MP Mike Freer: Putin must be told to scrap anti-gay laws or risk losing Winter Olympics 10
1:19 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has told PinkNews that he would like the International Olympic Committee to consider moving the 2014 Winter Olympics from Russia.
Russian Foreign Ministry: Anti-gay laws do not violate any ‘international obligations’ 24
12:11 PM — A senior Russian Foreign Ministry official has defended the recent controversial passing of anti-gay laws in Russia, saying they do not breach any "international obligations", and that any claims they violate human rights are "groundless".
Shadow Foreign Minister Kerry McCarthy: The UK needs to raise the issue of gay rights in Russia at the G20 4
12:08 PM — Shadow Foreign and Commonwealth Minister Kerry McCarthy has told PinkNews the UK Government needs to use next month's G20 meeting to raise the issue of gay rights with Russia.
7th August 2013
Labour MP Chris Bryant: I am in favour of UK gay bars boycotting Russian vodka 19
7:24 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant says he is in favour of gay bars in the UK boycotting Russian vodka.
Telegraph columnist says Stephen Fry ‘exploits’ Holocaust when he compares Putin to Hitler 92
4:45 PM — Telegraph columnist Brendan O’Neill has criticised Stephen Fry’s decision to write an open letter to the International Olympic Committee urging for the Winter Olympics not to be held in Russia because of the country’s stance on LGBT rights.
International Association of Athletics Federations calls on Russia to review anti-gay laws 10
12:10 PM — The IAAF has called on Russia to reconsider its homophobic censorship laws but stresses the upcoming athletics championships in Moscow should not be overshadowed by politics.
Stephen Fry warns David Cameron: Putin is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews 147
11:36 AM — Stephen Fry has written an open letter to David Cameron, International Olympics Committee President Jacques Rogge and Lord Coe, urging them to ban the 2014 Winter Olympics due to take place in the Russian city of Sochi - because of Russia's treatment and discrimination of LGBT people.
Obama: I have ‘no patience’ for Russia’s anti-gay laws 29
10:58 AM — President Obama says he has “no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them.”
6th August 2013
Russia: Partygoers attacked in Moscow bar for ‘looking gay’ 20
10:55 AM — A group of partygoers were attacked over the weekend at a Moscow bar in another suspected homophobic attack in Russia
Gay teenager kidnapped and tortured by Russian homophobes claimed to have died from injuries 83
12:09 AM — The gay teenager who was kidnapped and tortured by Russian neo-Nazis has died from his injuries it has been claimed.
5th August 2013
Video: Russian paratroopers violently attack lone gay rights activist in St Petersburg 58
11:45 PM — A lone gay rights activist, Krill Kalugin, was assaulted by a violent group of Russian paratroopers in the city that was the birth place of the country's anti-gay legislation.
Sir Ian McKellen shows his solidarity with LGBT Russians 7
10:50 PM — Sir Ian McKellen has become the latest celebrity to show his support for LGBT Russians who are facing increasing persecution from the state.
Lady Gaga: The Russian Government is criminal in its oppression of LGBT people 19
7:10 PM — Lady Gaga is the latest public figure to condemn Russia for its climate of homophobic oppression.
Christine Quinn: President Obama must stop Russia from attacking its LGBT citizens 11
5:37 PM — Christine Quinn, the gay Democratic candidate who’s vying to become the next mayor of New York City has urged President Obama to take a stand against Russia's continued oppression of its LGBT citizens.
Brighton Pride’s video message: ‘From Russia, Without Love’ 4
12:03 PM — A stirring video message was played to those attending Brighton Pride on Saturday about the situation in Russia. The video, accompanied by music from Russia's 2013 Eurovision entry, 'What If?', simply explained the situation in the country for LGBT people and supporters and called on Brighton Pride revellers to support campaigns to highlight the issue.