5th August 2013
Sir Ian McKellen shows his solidarity with LGBT Russians 7
10:50 PM — Sir Ian McKellen has become the latest celebrity to show his support for LGBT Russians who are facing increasing persecution from the state.
Lady Gaga: The Russian Government is criminal in its oppression of LGBT people 19
7:10 PM — Lady Gaga is the latest public figure to condemn Russia for its climate of homophobic oppression.
Christine Quinn: President Obama must stop Russia from attacking its LGBT citizens 11
5:37 PM — Christine Quinn, the gay Democratic candidate who’s vying to become the next mayor of New York City has urged President Obama to take a stand against Russia's continued oppression of its LGBT citizens.
Brighton Pride’s video message: ‘From Russia, Without Love’ 4
12:03 PM — A stirring video message was played to those attending Brighton Pride on Saturday about the situation in Russia. The video, accompanied by music from Russia's 2013 Eurovision entry, 'What If?', simply explained the situation in the country for LGBT people and supporters and called on Brighton Pride revellers to support campaigns to highlight the issue.
4th August 2013
Canada: Gay author receives threats from Russia over children’s story 26
6:51 PM — A gay author from British Columbia known for his children's literature, has said he has received threats from Russia, following the recent passage of anti-gay laws.
3rd August 2013
Olympic Gold medalist Matthew Mitcham: Russia’s treatment of gay people is horrific 39
7:16 PM — Australian Olympic Gold medalist, Matthew Mitcham, who is openly gay, says new Russia's anti-gay law that could see athletes jailed if they take part in any gay rights related activities, is "horrific".
Amsterdam Pride marchers: ‘Gay Pride for Russia’ 37
6:59 PM — Professional footballers and ministers were among the tens of thousands to take to the streets and canals of Amsterdam to celebrate Pride today.
Canada: Vancouver kiss-in takes place outside Russian consulate to protest anti-gay laws 7
4:50 AM — A kiss-in intended to show solidarity with the LGBT community in Russia in the wake of the passage of new anti-gay laws, has taken place in Vancouver outside the Russian consulate.
2nd August 2013
Foreign Office: The UK is extremely concerned over the continual persecution of gay people in Russia 26
3:48 PM — The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office tells PinkNews that it's alarmed by the "growing restrictions on LGBT freedoms in Russia".
US Senator Edward Markey: I am very concerned for LGBT athletes attending the Winter Olympics in Russia 9
12:22 PM — US Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey has condemned the Russian Government for presiding over “hateful” legislation.
Manchester Council calls on Russia’s St Petersburg to drop anti-gay laws 23
11:51 AM — Manchester City Council is urging the Russian city of St Petersburg to drop its homophobic censorship laws.
1st August 2013
Canada: Foreign Affairs Minister slams ‘hateful’ Russian anti-gay law 30
8:46 PM — Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has spoken out to condemn recently introduced anti-gay laws in Russia as "hateful".
Russia: Lawmaker accuses Madonna and Lady Gaga of breaking visa conditions and says Russian performances were illegal 9
4:46 PM — A Russian lawmaker has taken aim at Madonna and Lady Gaga, claiming that they violated their visa conditions when they performed shows in Russia, and that collecting money from their shows was therefore illegal.
Petition started to urge Team GB to wear rainbow colours at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics 8
4:00 PM — A petition has been started to urge Team GB to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics so as not to put athletes at a disadvantage, but calls for them to wear rainbow colours in solidarity with the Russian LGBT community.
Sweden: Topless activists storm Russian Embassy in protest at Russia’s anti-gay laws 5
3:47 PM — Two topless activists climbed over a fence into the Russian Embassy in Stockholm on Thursday to protest against the country’s homophobic censorship laws.
Russian sports minister: Gay athletes ‘must respect Russian law’ 25
12:02 PM — A Russian sports minister has said that gay athletes are welcome to participate in Russia's 2014 Winter Olympic Games, but must also obey the controversial law banning "gay propaganda".
31st July 2013
New York: Gay bar takes part in anti-homophobia protest outside Russian consulate by pouring vodka down drain 27
7:03 PM — Vodka has been seen being poured down the drain outside the Russia's consulate in New York as another gay bar boycotts Russia’s national drink in protest at the country’s homophobic stance.
Russian LGBT Network: ‘Don’t boycott 2014 Winter Olympics — boycott homophobia!’ 26
12:38 PM — An organisation representing LGBT people in Russia has announced it's opposed to a boycott of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
30th July 2013
Government petition urging UK to boycott 2014 Winter Olympics due to Russian homophobia passes 8,000 10
4:42 PM — A petition calling on the UK Government to support a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics because of Russia’s increasingly homophobic stance has attracted more than 8,000 signatures.
Russian police in Sochi beat and rape man with a crowbar over Winter Olympic housing job pay dispute 24
3:41 PM — Police in the Russian city of Sochi, which is due in 2014 to host the Winter Olympics, allegedly beat and raped a construction worker over a pay dispute amounting to around £400.