7th August 2013
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.
2nd August 2013
US Senator Edward Markey: I am very concerned for LGBT athletes attending the Winter Olympics in Russia 9
12:22 PM — US Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey has condemned the Russian Government for presiding over “hateful” legislation.
1st August 2013
Petition started to urge Team GB to wear rainbow colours at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics 8
4:00 PM — A petition has been started to urge Team GB to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics so as not to put athletes at a disadvantage, but calls for them to wear rainbow colours in solidarity with the Russian LGBT community.
31st July 2013
LGBT sports and human rights coalition rules out Winter Olympics boycott in favour of visibility option 21
11:44 PM — An international coalition of sport and human rights organisations have rejected calls for a boycott of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, in favour of long-term change and visibility action.
New York: Gay bar takes part in anti-homophobia protest outside Russian consulate by pouring vodka down drain 27
7:03 PM — Vodka has been seen being poured down the drain outside the Russia's consulate in New York as another gay bar boycotts Russia’s national drink in protest at the country’s homophobic stance.
Russian LGBT Network: ‘Don’t boycott 2014 Winter Olympics — boycott homophobia!’ 26
12:38 PM — An organisation representing LGBT people in Russia has announced it's opposed to a boycott of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
30th July 2013
Government petition urging UK to boycott 2014 Winter Olympics due to Russian homophobia passes 8,000 10
4:42 PM — A petition calling on the UK Government to support a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics because of Russia’s increasingly homophobic stance has attracted more than 8,000 signatures.
Russian police in Sochi beat and rape man with a crowbar over Winter Olympic housing job pay dispute 24
3:41 PM — Police in the Russian city of Sochi, which is due in 2014 to host the Winter Olympics, allegedly beat and raped a construction worker over a pay dispute amounting to around £400.
29th July 2013
NBC Sports will address Russian anti-gay law at Winter Olympics if it poses a problem 8
4:39 PM — The Chairman of NBC Sports Group Mark Lazarus, has announced that the US television network would acknowledge Russia's anti-gay laws during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, if they were to pose an issue.
27th July 2013
Russia tells Olympics: Athletes and spectators will be exempt from our anti-gay laws 139
2:35 PM — The International Olympics Committee (IOC) has said that it has received reassurance from the Russian government that athletes and spectators will be exempt from the country's draconian anti-gay laws during the 2014 Winter Olympics to be held in the Russian city of Sochi.