20th November 2013
Ikea under fire for removing lesbian interview from magazine in Russian edition to ‘remain neutral’ 12
4:53 PM — Swedish furniture giant Ikea has come under criticism for editing out an interview with a lesbian couple from its customer magazine in its Russian edition.
18th November 2013
Russian Sports Minister: Authorities should have waited a little before passing anti-gay law 13
3:43 PM — The Russian Sports Minister has again spoken in defence of an anti-gay law passed earlier this year, this time to say that the law may have caused so much controversy because of its timing, rather than its contents.
15th November 2013
Russian court fines Lady Gaga’s concert organiser for ‘promoting’ homosexuality to children 17
5:57 PM — Lady Gaga's promoters in Russia have been fined 20,000 rubles (£380 or $615) for violating the country's controversial anti-gay laws.
11th November 2013
Russia: Man who shot LGBT activist in face avoids prison sentence 11
5:23 PM — A man who shot an LGBT rights activist in the face with a rubber bullet gun has been spared prison after a Russian court handed him a one-year suspended sentence.
7th November 2013
Russian conductor Valery Gergiev denies supporting anti-gay laws ahead of London protest 24
12:35 PM — Ahead of a protest planned to take place outside his concert, Russian conductor Valery Gergiev says “It is wrong to suggest that I have ever supported anti-gay legislation”.
IOC President tells UN: ‘I oppose any type of boycott of the Winter Olympics’ 18
11:07 AM — The President of the International Olympic Committee has once again dismissed calls for a boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics because of Russia’s anti-gay laws during a United Nations debate.
5th November 2013
Russia: Norwegian journalists detained, and threatened with imprisonment for criticising Sochi Olympics 12
7:51 PM — A Norwegian news crew say they were detained, harassed and threatened with imprisonment whilst reporting on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
Dutch foreign minister offers asylum to Russians discriminated against under anti-gay law 8
4:55 PM — The Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans, has said Russians discriminated against under a law banning gay "propaganda", may apply for asylum in his country.
London protest planned for Russian conductor who says anti-gay laws protect ‘children from paedophiles’ 25
4:06 PM — Peter Tatchell is organising a public demonstration to be held this Thursday outside the Barbican against conductor Valery Gergiev, a friend of Vladimir Putin who supports the country’s anti-gay laws.
All Out releases pro-LGBT Russian Winter Olympics video 5
1:16 PM — A new video is seeking to raise awareness of Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws by asking what would happen if a gay athlete wins gold at next year’s Winter Olympics.
Amnesty condemns anti-gay attack on Russian HIV group, leaving man blinded in eye 11
12:24 PM — Amnesty says those responsible for a homophobic attack on a St Petersburg HIV support group - which resulted in a man being shot in the eye - must be brought to justice.
4th November 2013
Russia: Man shot in eye during attack on LGBT activists in St Petersburg 24
11:52 AM — Several LGBT rights activists have been attacked in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg, with one man reportedly shot in the eye.
1st November 2013
London: Peter Tatchell disrupts orchestral concert of Putin ally 25
4:18 PM — Peter Tatchell disrupted the opening of Valery Gergiev’s new London Symphony Orchestra concert season at the Barbican last night because of Gergiev’s support for Vladimir Putin.
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."