4th January 2014
Putin confirms that limited protest zones will be set up at Sochi 13
3:54 PM — Russian authorities have confirmed that special protest zones will be set up at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
3rd January 2014
Putin awarded Golden Enema Prize of Disgrace in St Petersburg 2
8:04 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin has been awarded a Golden Enema Prize of Disgrace in the second annual awards ceremony in St Petersburg.
The Times honours Vladimir Putin with International Person of the Year Award 22
7:00 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin has been honoured with the Times newspaper's International Person of the Year Award.
1st January 2014
YMCA songwriter will not perform at Sochi in protest against anti-gay law 23
6:16 PM — The lead singer of the Village People has said he will not perform YMCA in protest against Russia's anti-gay law at Sochi later this year.
31st December 2013
Canadian Foreign Minister urges Russia to drop anti-gay laws and protect human rights 9
3:47 PM — Ahead of February’s Sochi Winter Olympics, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has written to his Russian counterpart to denounce Russia’s anti-gay laws.
30th December 2013
Coca-Cola deletes photos of gay rights protest against its Sochi 2014 sponsorship 13
7:45 PM — After inexplicably publishing them, Coca-Cola has now removed photographs published of activists protesting against its Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics sponsorship. Coca-Cola yesterday published photos online of a group of gay rights activists who recently interrupted its Christmas advertising campaign with a surprise demonstration against the company’s decision to sponsor the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. […]
23rd December 2013
Pussy Riot member freed from prison – slams Russian amnesty law as a ‘PR stunt’ 2
11:28 AM — A member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot who walked free from prison earlier today said she would rather have stayed behind bars, calling Putin's amnesty law a "PR stunt."
Gay rights activists stage campaign against ‘shocking’ Coca-Cola sponsorship of Sochi Winter Olympics 11
10:44 AM — Gay rights activists interrupted a Coca-Cola christmas advertising campaign in London's Covent Garden on Saturday, in opposition to the company's recent sponsorship of the Sochi Winter Olympics despite anti-gay laws.
UK Prime Minister will not attend Sochi Winter Olympics 13
10:28 AM — David Cameron will not attend February's Winter Olympics, Downing Street has said whilst insisting the move is not a boycott over Russia’s stance on LGBT rights.
20th December 2013
Tennis legend Billie Jean King to gay Russians: ‘You are not alone’ 3
2:16 PM — Tennis legend Billie Jean King, two days after being selected as part of the US delegation to attend the Sochi Winter Olympics, has spoken out in support of gay people in Russia.
19th December 2013
Olympic figure skater in US Sochi delegation comes out as gay 12
7:53 PM — An Olympic medal winning figure skater who was two days ago announced as part of the US delegation going to the Sochi Winter Olympics, has come out as gay.
Russia: Pro-Putin conductor denies further allegations that he supports anti-gay law 6
6:20 PM — A famed Russian conductor has again defended himself against criticism for not speaking out against legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality to minors.
18th December 2013
London Russian Embassy refuses Elton John and Graham Norton dolls as gift for Putin 7
7:14 PM — The Russian Embassy in London today refused to take a set of Russian dolls featuring five gay icons as a gift for Vladimir Putin.
Russia could release jailed members of anti-Putin punk band Pussy Riot this week 9
12:53 PM — Two jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot could be released this week, and as early as Thursday.
Obama won’t attend Russian Winter Olympics in Sochi but will send gay inclusive delegation 14
10:47 AM — US President Barack Obama has named two gay sports stars as part of America's delegation to the Winter Olympics in Russia - but in a significant move has confirmed that he will not be attending the event himself.
17th December 2013
US TV host Jay Leno compares Sochi Olympics to Nazi Germany 31
8:29 PM — US television host Jay Leno has made a stark comparison between the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Nazi Germany.
Former Europe minister: David Cameron should not travel to Sochi because of Putin’s ‘gay-bashing’ policies 10
2:08 PM — The former Labour minister Denis MacShane has called on Prime Minister David Cameron to personally boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in protest at President Vladimir Putin’s “rank homophobia”.
16th December 2013
Owner of gay club demands action from Putin following homophobic attack on premises 7
7:28 PM — Moscow's largest gay club owner has written to President Putin to demand a full investigation into the homophobic attack on his club.
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.
Topless feminist protesters charged with trespassing for gay rights protest 5
1:21 PM — Two feminist protesters have been charged with trespassing, after demonstrating topless in support of gay rights outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm.