17th August 2012
Update: each member of LGBT-supporting feminist punk band Pussy Riot sentenced to two years in prison 86
1:21 PM — Three members of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot have been found guilty and convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, over a their protest in a Moscow cathedral during which they performed an anti-Putin "punk prayer".
Appeal against century-long ban on gay pride in Moscow is refused 29
11:54 AM — Nikolay Alexeyev, founder of Moscow Gay Pride, has had his appeal against the century-long ban on the parade rejected by Moscow City Court.
11th August 2012
St Petersburg: Madonna accused of breaking anti-gay law and branded a whore 39
5:22 PM — As expected, this week’s gig by the queen of pop in Russia’s second largest city has not passed off without controversy.
8th August 2012
St Petersburg: Madonna responds to hate with pink wristbands 2
10:44 PM — The pop icon’s official Facebook page talks of the fashion accessories forming “part" of her upcoming show in the Russian city.
7th July 2012
Russia: Eight gay rights campaigners arrested in St Petersburg 10
10:41 PM — Eight gay rights activists were arrested today in St Petersburg, Russia, for handing out "homosexual propaganda". The campaigners were attempting to hold gay Pride rallies. Three were arrested in a park, while five more were arrested later at the Smolny complex.
21st May 2012
MEPs support ‘free speech’ after Kiev pride violence 12
6:29 PM — Members of the European Parliament are concerned about the number of gay pride marches being cancelled or banned across Europe due to homophobic violence or laws criminalising public support for LGBT rights.
25th April 2012
Russia: Father imprisoned gay teen son in rehab clinic after a witch failed to exorcise his homosexuality 27
1:06 PM — A teenager has escaped from a rehab clinic after his traditonalist father had him locked up and drugged after he came out to him aged 16. The boy's grandmother had previously used the services of a 'witch' to cure him of his homosexuality.
6th April 2012
Activists in St Petersburg arrested for protesting against ‘gay propaganda’ ban 5
11:27 AM — Police detained two men in St. Petersburg yesterday for protesting against the new law banning "gay propaganda". As a result, the men are likely to become the first to be convicted under said law.
29th March 2012
St Petersburg ‘gay propaganda’ law could become nationwide Russian policy 21
4:03 PM — Earlier this month, the governor of St Petersburg signed into law a bill making it an offence to "promote" gay or transgender personal identities in the city. Now, lawmakers in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk have proposed that Russia introduces the legislation nationwide.
13th March 2012
St Petersburg governor signs ‘gay propaganda’ bill into law 46
2:36 PM — St Petersburg's governor has signed into law a bill making it an offence to 'promote' gay or transgender personal identities with commentators fearing how badly it will 'encourage hate' towards the city's gay, bi and trans people.
6th March 2012
Manchester to urge anti-gay law veto on St Petersburg trip 10
2:04 PM — The deputy council leader said it will exercise its right to point out that Manchester's twin city is "doing something wrong."
2nd March 2012
Video: Call to boycott St Petersburg over anti-gay law 17
5:07 PM — International protest against St Petersburg's new law banning the promotion of "sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism” have continued with a video highlighting the law's effect.
29th February 2012
Protesters urge St Petersburg not to enact anti-gay law 1
4:38 PM — The British Foreign Office is among a number of bodies and groups of protesters around the world urging St Petersburg not to enact the anti-gay law its legislature passed today.
St Petersburg passes ‘gay propaganda’ law 8
10:51 AM — St Petersburg has joined three other Russian cities in passing a law banning the promotion of gay and trans identities among minors.
28th February 2012
Embassy protests today ahead of final St Petersburg ‘gay propaganda’ vote 3
4:09 PM — Protests are being held at Russian embassies around the world ahead of a final vote tomorrow by St Petersburg's legislature on its 'gay propaganda' ban.
17th February 2012
St Petersburg lawmaker dismisses ‘fake’ mothers’ plea over anti-gay law 51
12:51 PM — A letter sent by the mothers of gay children to St Petersburg lawmakers asking them to reconsider their 'gay propaganda' law has been dismissed as a fake by a senior official who reportedly said "no one cares about offending the gay community".
16th February 2012
European Parliament denounces Russian ‘gay propaganda’ laws 23
11:47 AM — The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the upcoming presidential election in Russia today clearly denouncing the regional laws which ban 'gay propaganda' around minors.
8th February 2012
St Petersburg anti-gay law passes second reading 17
3:28 PM — A third reading would mean St Petersburg would join other Russian regions including Ryazan and Arkhangelsk in forbidding the promotion of homosexuality in public.
30th January 2012
Gay Aeroflot steward ‘forced to marry woman’ 12
5:05 PM — A gay air steward for the Russian carrier Aeroflot was forced to marry a woman in order to keep his job, campaigners say.
25th January 2012
Nikolay Alekseev: The visionary Peter Tatchell 4
2:52 PM — "Peter is a visionary. He has this capacity to understand how to take a problem and drive the maximum public attention to it in order to make the society think and force the politicians to address it."