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.
1st October 2013
Speaker of Russian Parliament invites MEPs to visit Moscow’s gay bars 36
2:25 PM — The Speaker of Russia’s Parliament has invited MEPs to visit Moscow’s gay bars in an attempt to show Russia accepts the LGBT community.
US Olympic skier Bode Miller slams Russia’s anti-gay laws as ‘absolutely embarrassing’ 9
11:08 AM — US Olympic skier Bode Miller has slammed Russia's anti-gay laws as being "absolutely embarrassing".
30th September 2013
New Olympic President has heard ‘assurances of the highest Russian authorities’ on gay issues at Sochi 25
4:40 PM — The newly appointed International Olympic Committee (IOC) president spoke at the lighting of the Olympic flame ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, to say he had received "assurances of the highest authorities in Russia", that the Olympic charter will be adhered to during the games.
27th September 2013
Russian politician: ‘Stephen Fry is a bringer of evil’ and gays are not welcome in Russia 38
6:14 PM — A Russian lawmaker has branded Stephen Fry "evil", following a feud over several months stemming from the author, actor and broadcaster's vocal support for gay rights.
Amnesty: The Olympic Committee is in denial about Russia’s anti-gay laws 7
4:36 PM — Amnesty International has criticised the International Olympic Committee for expressing satisfaction that Russia’s anti-gay laws do not threaten the spirit of the Olympic Charter.