5th February 2014
Russia: ‘Lesbian’ duo t.A.T.u tipped for Olympics opening ceremony 2
4:04 PM — The Russian pop duo t.A.T.u have been tipped to perform at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony on Friday.
UN children’s rights panel calls for annulment of harmfully ‘vague’ anti-gay laws in Russia 4
2:59 PM — A United Nations panel on children's rights has called for the annulment of laws banning gay "propaganda" in Russia, saying they encourage both violence and discrimination.
US Olympic figure skater condemns anti-gay law, but praises ‘rainbow colourful’ venue of Sochi Games 3
2:18 PM — US Olympic figure skater Ashley Wagner has praised the "colourful venue" of the Sochi Winter Games, suggesting that it reminds her of the rainbow-coloured pride flag.
US: AT&T speaks out as the first Olympic sponsor to condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws 5
1:41 PM — US Olympic Committee sponsor AT&T has spoken out to condemn Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" law as the country prepares to host the Winter Olympic Games.
Channel 4’s Hunted – the Russian gangs who hunt gays for sport 43
1:19 PM — A few days before the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the safety of the Russian gay community is worse than ever. Channel 4's harrowing new documentary, Hunted, follows the Russian gangs that hunt gay men for sport.
‘Mayor’ of Sochi Olympic village: It ‘doesn’t make sense’ to campaign Winter Games over anti-gay laws 12
10:11 AM — Russian former Olympic speed skating champion Svetlana Zhurova has called for the Sochi Winter Games to be about athletics rather than protests, as she thinks campaigning the country's anti-gay laws holds no interest for spectators at the event.
4th February 2014
‘Protest beer’ mocking anti-gay legislation in Russia sent to President Vladimir Putin 4
12:39 PM — A new "protest beer" said to mock Russia's notorious anti-gay laws has been sent directly to President Vladimir Putin.
Olympic President says IOC cannot act as ‘world government’ to resolve anti-gay laws in Russia 20
10:55 AM — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has said he welcomes discussions about the issue of Russia's anti-gay legislation in the lead up to the Sochi Games, but the IOC cannot act as a "world government" to "impose measures on a sovereign state."
Lesbian Olympic snowboarder Belle Brockhoff says her parents are ‘so worried’ about Sochi Games 5
10:20 AM — In the lead up to the Sochi Winter Olympics this week, lesbian Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff has spoken up about how "worried" her parents are for her safety due to anti-gay laws in the host country.
3rd February 2014
Russia: Gay dating app blocked, users threatened with arrest 24
6:21 PM — A Russian gay dating app has been blocked, with users threatened with arrest and imprisonment under the anti-gay propaganda law.
IOC president announces UN Secretary General will deliver keynote speech on Russian anti-gay laws 8
5:17 PM — In the face of heavy criticism of Russia’s human rights history, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has announced that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will deliver a keynote speech addressing the issue of anti-gay laws before the Winter Games begin.
Russian human rights organisation: Anti-gay laws designed to ‘protect children’ are harming children 8
4:22 PM — A human rights group in Russia has released a report stating that anti-gay laws designed to "protect children" are in fact harming children.
Russia: Three men sentenced for stabbing and setting alight man they believed was gay 10
2:31 PM — Three men in Russia have been sentenced for the brutal murder of a man they stabbed and set on fire because they suspected he was gay.
Russian gay expat: No gay people in Sochi? ‘I laugh because I’ve been to Sochi’ 2
1:59 PM — A gay Russian expat who sought asylum in the US has spoken out against the Sochi mayor who claimed there are no gay people in his city, saying "I laughed out loud, because I've been to Sochi."
Russia: Middle school girl accused of spreading ‘gay propaganda’ placed under supervision 14
12:07 PM — A middle school girl in the Bryansk region of Russia has become the first ever minor to be accused of breaking the country's notorious anti-gay "propaganda" law.
2nd February 2014
New Channel 4 documentary to show methods of anti-gay gang violence in Russia 35
1:04 PM — In a forthcoming Channel 4 Dispatches documentary, "shocking" footage of the methods used by anti-gay groups in Russia will be broadcast as part of the lead up to the Sochi Winter Olympics.
30th January 2014
Russia: Newspaper editor fined under anti-gay law for printing ‘being gay is normal’ 16
7:41 PM — A Russian newspaper editor has been fined 50,000 roubles (£860) under the 'gay propaganda' law for printing that "being gay is normal".
26th January 2014
Russian MPs submit proposal to exclude the term ‘non-traditional relationships’ from propaganda law 17
1:52 PM — Russian MPs from several political parties have jointly submitted a proposal to amend the country's notorious anti-gay propaganda law by throwing out the term "non-traditional relationships."
19th January 2014
Russia: Putin denies homophobia in anti-gay laws – ‘I myself know some people who are gay’ 22
12:33 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin has once more denied gay people are unwelcome at the Sochi Winter Olympics over anti-gay laws in the country, saying he is not prejudiced as he is on "friendly terms" with several people who are gay.
12th January 2014
Gay New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup blasts Olympics hosts for refusing to ‘embody diversity’ 2
11:41 AM — New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup has said he is "disappointed" he will not be able to represent himself as a gay man at the Sochi Winter Olympics if he manages to qualify by February, calling out anti-gay laws in Russia for continuing a legacy of historic discrimination.