18th June 2013
Russia: Ban on adoption by same-sex couples unanimously passed at second reading 10
3:17 PM — Russian lawmakers have voted unanimously to pass legislation banning the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples, as well as single parents who live in countries where same-sex marriage is legal.
US: Russian gay people urge boycott of 2014 Russian Winter Olympics 10
12:32 AM — Gay people from Russia and the former Soviet republics who are living in the US have urged a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, because of growing fears that LGBT people are not safe in Russia.
14th June 2013
Labour MEP Michael Cashman: Putin’s ‘hate speech’ has resulted in the ‘barbaric killing’ of gay Russian men 9
1:34 PM — The European Parliament has adopted a resolution condemning Russian MPs for passing a draconian homophobic censorship law, with Labour MEP Michael Cashman saying “hate speech” from President Putin and others has resulted in the “barbaric killing of gay men”.
13th June 2013
Russia: LGBT activists call for jailing of ‘homosexual propaganda’ bill sponsor 4
12:42 PM — LGBT activists in Russia have started a legal complaint against the lawmakers behind the country's anti-gay 'propaganda' bill, which was approved by the Duma on Tuesday.
12th June 2013
Human rights groups condemn passage of Russian anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law 12
1:39 PM — Human rights groups have heavily condemned the passage of a law yesterday through the Russian State Duma, which would ban "homosexual propaganda" across the country, as "outrageous and incredibly dangerous".
11th June 2013
Russia: Duma approves bill to criminalise insulting religious beliefs, following Pussy Riot protest 10
5:42 PM — In the wake of a scandal caused last year by a protest by punk band Pussy Riot against Russian President Vladimir Putin, held in a Moscow cathedral, a law has been passed by the State Duma to criminalise insulting people's religious feelings.
Russian State Duma gives final approval to law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’ 41
3:57 PM — Lawmakers in the Russian State Duma have given final approval to a bill to ban "homosexual propaganda" to minors, and the media.
Russia: Protesters detained as lawmakers look set to pass law banning ‘gay propaganda’ 2
2:24 PM — The State Duma in Russia looks set to give final approval to a law which would ban "homosexual propaganda" to minors, and includes harsh punishments including jail time and fines.
10th June 2013
Russia: LGBT film festival fined under ‘foreign agent’ laws 7
10:16 PM — A Russian LGBT film festival has been targeted under "foreign agent" laws, and fined a substantial amount for allegedly failing to declare foreign funding, which organisers deny having received.
Russia: State Duma could ban foreign same-sex adoption ‘as early as next week’ 5
7:08 PM — The Russian State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament, could move to approve an amendment which would ban the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples, "as early as next week."
7th June 2013
Russia: Elton John’s outfits dubbed ‘homosexual propaganda’ by Communist group 30
10:29 PM — Sir Elton John is due to perform in Russia in July, and in what could be a similar turn of events which saw Madonna being sued for "homosexual propaganda", it has been suggested that the famed entertainer's outfits constitute just that.
5th June 2013
Russia: Parliament could move to ban foreign same-sex adoption in a month 3
1:56 AM — The Russian State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament, could move to approve an amendment which would ban the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples, by early July.
4th June 2013
Vladimir Putin says he will sign gay adoption ban but claims ‘there is no discrimination’ in Russia 25
6:23 PM — President Vladimir Putin says he will back a ban on foreign same-sex couples from adopting Russian children, but denies it amounts to homophobic discrimination.
3rd June 2013
Russia: Second man in a month killed for being gay was stabbed to death and had body burned 5
7:36 PM — A man was stabbed and trampled to death by three men last week, after they discovered he was gay, Russia's Investigative Committee has revealed.
31st May 2013
Russian Children’s Commissioner calls for moratorium on French adoptions 2
1:05 PM — The Russian Children's Rights Commissioner has said it is only "logical" to halt adoptions of Russian children by French couples due to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in France.
27th May 2013
Russia: Police release gay pride organisers held for unsanctioned Moscow rally 2
1:07 AM — Russian authorities have released gay rights activists detained on Saturday for holding an unsanctioned gay pride rally in Moscow.
25th May 2013
Russia: 30 arrests made at Moscow Pride 20
10:09 PM — 30 activists from both pro and anti-LGBT factions were arrested at Moscow Pride today, reflecting growing antipathy to perceived "homosexual propaganda" across Russia.
Moscow Pride organisers arrested outside Mayor’s office 5
11:46 AM — Gay Russian activist Nikolai Alexeyev and fellow organisers of Moscow Pride have been arrested while meeting outside of the office of the Mayor of Moscow.
22nd May 2013
Russia: Council of Europe demands protection for gay pride rallies 5
5:14 PM — The head of the Council of Europe has asserted that Russia must allow demonstrations by LGBT people, and that it should protect the rights of citizens wishing to hold public rallies.
17th May 2013
Poll: 7 in 10 Russians are against the ‘justification and display of homosexuality’ 33
7:17 PM — Over 70% of Russians are against justification and public display of homosexual relations, with only 12% in favour, a new poll has found.