9th August 2013
British Olympic Association: Boycotting Russian Winter Olympics would ‘penalise athletes’ 30
3:48 PM — The British Olympic Association says the proposed boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi would serve only to "penalise athletes."
Conservative MP Mike Weatherley calls on David Cameron to speak out against Russia’s anti-gay laws 5
2:17 PM — Conservative MP Mike Weatherley has written a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron stating "Britain, as a bastion of gay rights, has a duty not to stay silent over Russia’s appalling treatment of LGBT people."
Protest against Russian anti-gay laws to take place in London on Saturday 7
2:17 PM — A protest is due to take place opposite Downing Street on Saturday, against the recent passage of anti-gay laws in Russia, which has led to an international outcry.
LGBT demonstration to take place outside Russian Consulate in Edinburgh this afternoon 2
12:47 PM — A demonstration against Russia's homophobic censorship laws is taking place outside the Russian Consulate in Edinburgh this afternoon.
Tory MP Simon Kirby calls on Foreign Secretary to condemn Russian Government’s treatment of LGBT people 16
10:54 AM — Conservative MP Simon Kirby has written a letter to Foreign Secretary William Hague urging him to "lead in the international condemnation of the Russian Government's treatment of LGBT people."
Canada: Foreign Affairs Minister brushes off criticism over pro-LGBT stance 4
1:04 AM — Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, has brushed off an attack from a conservative women's group which said his pro-gay stance over the situation in Russia was not representative of Canadian citizens.
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