13 June 2013
Russia: LGBT activists call for jailing of ‘homosexual propaganda’ bill sponsor
LGBT activists in Russia have started a legal complaint against the lawmakers behind the country's anti-gay 'propaganda' bill, which was approved by the Duma on Tuesday.
12 June 2013
Human rights groups condemn passage of Russian anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law
Human rights groups have heavily condemned the passage of a law yesterday through the Russian State Duma, which would ban "homosexual propaganda" across the country, as "outrageous and incredibly dangerous".
11 June 2013
Russia: Duma approves bill to criminalise insulting religious beliefs, following Pussy Riot protest
In the wake of a scandal caused last year by a protest by punk band Pussy Riot against Russian President Vladimir Putin, held in a Moscow cathedral, a law has been passed by the State Duma to criminalise insulting people's religious feelings.
11 June 2013
Russian State Duma gives final approval to law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’
Lawmakers in the Russian State Duma have given final approval to a bill to ban "homosexual propaganda" to minors, and the media.
11 June 2013
Russia: Protesters detained as lawmakers look set to pass law banning ‘gay propaganda’
The State Duma in Russia looks set to give final approval to a law which would ban "homosexual propaganda" to minors, and includes harsh punishments including jail time and fines.
10 June 2013
Russia: LGBT film festival fined under ‘foreign agent’ laws
A Russian LGBT film festival has been targeted under "foreign agent" laws, and fined a substantial amount for allegedly failing to declare foreign funding, which organisers deny having received.
10 June 2013
Russia: State Duma could ban foreign same-sex adoption ‘as early as next week’
The Russian State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament, could move to approve an amendment which would ban the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples, "as early as next week."
7 June 2013
Russia: Elton John’s outfits dubbed ‘homosexual propaganda’ by Communist group
Sir Elton John is due to perform in Russia in July, and in what could be a similar turn of events which saw Madonna being sued for "homosexual propaganda", it has been suggested that the famed entertainer's outfits constitute just that.
5 June 2013
Russia: Parliament could move to ban foreign same-sex adoption in a month
The Russian State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament, could move to approve an amendment which would ban the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples, by early July.
4 June 2013
Vladimir Putin says he will sign gay adoption ban but claims ‘there is no discrimination’ in Russia
President Vladimir Putin says he will back a ban on foreign same-sex couples from adopting Russian children, but denies it amounts to homophobic discrimination.
3 June 2013
Russia: Second man in a month killed for being gay was stabbed to death and had body burned
A man was stabbed and trampled to death by three men last week, after they discovered he was gay, Russia's Investigative Committee has revealed.
31 May 2013
Russian Children’s Commissioner calls for moratorium on French adoptions
The Russian Children's Rights Commissioner has said it is only "logical" to halt adoptions of Russian children by French couples due to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in France.
27 May 2013
Russia: Police release gay pride organisers held for unsanctioned Moscow rally
Russian authorities have released gay rights activists detained on Saturday for holding an unsanctioned gay pride rally in Moscow.
25 May 2013
Russia: 30 arrests made at Moscow Pride
30 activists from both pro and anti-LGBT factions were arrested at Moscow Pride today, reflecting growing antipathy to perceived "homosexual propaganda" across Russia.
25 May 2013
Moscow Pride organisers arrested outside Mayor’s office
Gay Russian activist Nikolai Alexeyev and fellow organisers of Moscow Pride have been arrested while meeting outside of the office of the Mayor of Moscow.
22 May 2013
Russia: Council of Europe demands protection for gay pride rallies
The head of the Council of Europe has asserted that Russia must allow demonstrations by LGBT people, and that it should protect the rights of citizens wishing to hold public rallies.
17 May 2013
Poll: 7 in 10 Russians are against the ‘justification and display of homosexuality’
Over 70% of Russians are against justification and public display of homosexual relations, with only 12% in favour, a new poll has found.
16 May 2013
Russia: Moscow Pride organisers file court appeal over declined application to hold events
The organisers of several gay pride events in the Russian capital city Moscow, have filed a complaint with a local court, as the applications to hold the events were denied.
15 May 2013
Moscow security official: Attempts to hold gay pride march will be ‘thwarted’
The Mayor's office in Moscow has refused an application to hold a gay pride even in the city later this month, security officials said because of a "negative attitude" to the application, and that attempts to hold an unofficial march will be "thwarted".
14 May 2013
Russia: Family and friends of male rape beer bottle murder victim say he wasn’t gay
The parents of a man who was killed and raped with beer bottles in Russia say the victim was not gay.