30th October 2013
IOC chief refused to meet Russian LGBT activists in Sochi 4
4:51 PM — Russian gay activists claim the president of the International Olympic Committee refused to meet with them while visiting the 2014 Winter Games city of Sochi.
29th October 2013
Russia: Group plans to hold gay-inclusive ‘open games’ just after Sochi Winter Olympics 5
2:03 PM — A group in Russia has announced plans to hold a "gay games" in Moscow just days after the Winter Olympics take place in Sochi in February 2014.
28th October 2013
Putin: Olympic athletes will feel ‘comfortable regardless of sexual orientation’ 19
3:34 PM — President Vladimir Putin has once again moved to dismiss concerns about LGBT athletes attending the Winter Olympics in light of Russia’s anti-gay laws.
18th October 2013
Coca Cola bosses to decide whether to speak out against Russian LGBT issues ahead of Winter Olympics 10
6:14 PM — Bosses at Coca Cola are to meet in order to decide whether to speak up about laws in Russia banning the promotion of "non traditional relationships", ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
San Francisco backs out of historic Russian commemoration event following pressure from LGBT groups 2
10:46 AM — San Francisco has cancelled plans for a ceremony recognising the Russian Navy for its assistance in fighting a huge fire in the US city in 1863, allegedly due to pressure from several gay rights activists.
17th October 2013
Pussy riot joins campaign for Russian Winter Olympics boycott
5:28 PM — Pussy Riot has joined the campaign for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws.
16th October 2013
Ballet and Sex and the City star joins campaign against anti-gay Russian law 2
7:30 PM — Russian émigré ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov has voiced his opposition to a Russian law banning the promotion of "non-traditional relationships" to minors, saying “equal treatment of people is a basic right."
Russian flag experts rule Jewish rainbow flag does not break anti-gay law 5
6:06 PM — A Kremlin flag expert has assured a concerned resident of Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Oblast that the region’s flag does not violate the country’s gay propaganda ban.
Russia ‘regrets’ homophobic graffiti attack on Dutch diplomat’s Moscow home 8
3:01 PM — Russia's foreign ministry has expressed regret after a Dutch diplomat was beaten up in Moscow – with the attackers scrawling the letters "LGBT" on a mirror.
Moscow home of Dutch diplomat attacked with homophobic graffiti 9
12:58 PM — A senior Dutch diplomat has been attacked at his home in the Russian capital by unknown assailants who scrawled the letters "LGBT" on a mirror.
UK: Gay Paralympic athlete prepared to risk prison by speaking out against Russia’s anti-gay laws 5
12:00 PM — Para-equestrian rider Lee Pearson has said he will speak out against Russia’s anti-gay laws during the Russian Winter Games in Sochi.
13th October 2013
Russia: Police detain gay rights activists after scuffle with fascists at Coming Out Day rally 11
12:44 AM — Police have arrested 45 people following a pro-LGBT gathering in the Russian city of St Petersburg earlier on Saturday after gay rights activists clashed with homophobic campaigners, local radio has reported.
9th October 2013
Russian LGBT film festival wins appeal against fines under ‘foreign agent’ law 3
7:14 PM — The Side by Side (Bok o Bok), film festival, has won its appeal against fines under a recently introduced "foreign agent", law in Russia.
MEPs to debate rise of homophobia in Russia 8
4:28 PM — The European Parliament is set to debate the rise of homophobia and xenophobia in Russia on Thursday morning.
7th October 2013
Russian academic: Anti-gay laws protect children from ‘homosexualism’ 33
1:45 PM — The director of the Institute of Political Studies in Moscow has defended Russia's anti-gay laws, saying they protect children against "homosexualism".
5th October 2013
Greece: Dozens protest against Russian anti-gay law ahead of Olympic flame hand over 8
3:46 PM — A protest has taken place in central Athens ahead of the handover of the Olympic flame to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics organisers.
4th October 2013
All Swedish couples banned from adopting Russian children over same-sex marriage 19
7:49 PM — Russian authorities have stopped the adoption of Russian children by all Swedish couples based on the legalisation of equal marriage in Sweden.
3rd October 2013
Russia: Imam urges followers not to attend Elton John concert because he ‘promotes homsexuality’ 24
7:23 PM — An Imam in the city of Kazan, the capital of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan, has warned followers that they should boycott an Elton John concern scheduled for December.
2nd October 2013
Vladimir Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 87
3:54 PM — Russia's President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize - despite presiding over a rolling back of LGBT and human rights in recent years.
‘Rainbow’ German Winter Olympics uniforms seen as silent protest against Russian anti-gay law 24
1:46 PM — Germany has debuted its Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics uniforms, the rainbow design of which has prompted many to speculate whether they are meant as a silent protest against Russian anti-gay laws.