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November 15, 2013

Pundit Arkady Mamontov has warned Russia must protect 'traditional love' or face the consequences

A Russian TV host has caused outrage after he has blamed falling meteorites on LGBTI people.

Arkady Mamontov, a pundit on state channel Rossiya 1, has warned Russia must respect ‘traditional love’ or face the consequences.

He named the Chelyabinsk meteorite, which fell in south-west Russia on 15 February and injured 1,491 people including 311 children, in his warning.

Mamontov was asked on politics show Special Correspondent to discuss new documentary film ‘Litsedei’, translated in English as ‘Hypocrites’.

September 28, 2013

Donations from Swinton and generous people around the world have helped cover the cost of funeral for inspirational gay activist

British actress Tilda Swinton has donated over £1000 ($1603) to the funeral of Russian gay rights activist Alexey Davydov.

The actress, a prominent supporter of gay rights, sent the donation to help cover the cost of Davydov's funeral.

The organisers needed to raise over $2000 (£1247) to cover the cost of the funeral, which they have now surpassed.

Nikolai Alekseev, one of the organisers of Moscow Pride, confirmed they had received the donation from Swinton.

September 25, 2013

A group of 10 have proved what will happen if gay rights activists dare to defy the protest ban during the Sochi Winter Olympic Games

Ten LGBT activists were arrested at Sochi Olympics HQ in Moscow for daring to defy Russia’s anti-gay laws today (25 September).

The group, led by gay activist Nikolai Alekseev, tried to hold a protest against the ban against public rallies during the Olympic Games in Sochi next year.

According to eyewitness reports, once police seized a poster calling for the end to homophobia in Russia the group were immediately arrested at around 2pm (local time).

September 20, 2013

A protest in Moscow next week will go ahead. Permission awaited from officials in Sochi. Kostroma new court decision contradicts previous ‘gay pride bans are unlawful’ ruling

LGBT activists in Russia are to defy a ban and protest at the last inspection by Olympic officials ahead of the Winter Games.

Moscow authorities have ruled the protest on 26 September cannot go ahead.

Campaigners have also applied to protest in Sochi – where the Olympics will be held – and are still awaiting a response from officials there, even though they have passed the official deadline for a reply.

September 19, 2013

As men in white coats offer to take her away... Mizulina, a key player in introducing the ‘gay propaganda’ law, admits bid to remove children from Russian gay parents won’t pass

A champion of Russia’s anti-gay laws has admitted a bill designed to take away children from lesbian and gay parents will fail.

State Duma (parliament) Deputy Yelena Mizulina is head of the Family, Women and Children Duma Committee which debated the law today.

But she admitted the probability of it passing is ‘almost zero’.

It came as a small group of protestors, dressed as staff from a mental hospital, protested outside parliament suggesting Mizulina should be incarcerated for her crazy attitudes on LGBT rights.

July 26, 2013

Gay rights campaigners have responded to Dan Savage's worldwide call to drop Russian vodka as a symbol of protest against Vladimir Putin's anti-gay laws

Russian LGBT activists have responded to the worldwide call to boycott Russian vodka, saying there is ‘no point’ and will not change anti-gay laws.

Nikolai Alekseev, a regular Gay Star News contributor, has said it will have little effect on the ‘gay propaganda’ law.

US gay rights campaigner Dan Savage pioneered the boycott, telling gay bars to ‘dump Russian vodka’.

Alekseev, in the heart of fighting against the homophobic law, described the boycott as a ‘symbolic gesture doomed to failure’.

June 15, 2013

A Russian woman has been fined 20,000 rubles for participating in an LGBT rights protest – the largest fine handed down to date by a Russian court

A Russian woman has been fined 20,000 rubles for participating in a May 25 Moscow Pride event.

Anna Annenkov and her girlfriend Elena Kostuchenko had held up a rainbow flag at the event with the slogan ‘Love is Stronger.’

Annenkov was found guilty yesterday over her involvement in the event by federal court judge Tatyana Neverona - who will also hear Kostuchenko’s case.

20,000 rubles is the equivalent of around $650 dollars.

June 6, 2013

Three masked men attacked Nikolai Alekseev, who received minor injuries, as he was about to board a train leaving from Kostroma to Moscow, Russia

Nikolai Alekseev, co-founder of Moscow Pride and GayRussia was attacked, as he was about to board a train in Kostroma heading for Moscow, Russia.

Three skinheads dressed in black, wearing white masks that covered their faces, cycled right up to Alekseev, physically and verbally assaulting him, earlier today (5 June).

Alekseev recounted to Gay Star News, while recovering on his train journey: ‘I was about 100 meters from the train station when someone ran into my back with a bicycle.

June 3, 2013

Investigators have arrested suspects in the second violent gay murder in less than a month

Police have arrested three suspects in the murder of a 39-year-old airport senior administrator.

According to Reuters, the three men in a village on the Kamchatka peninsula on Russia's eastern coast stabbed and trampled a man to death before putting his body in a car and setting the vehicle on fire. The unidentified victim is believed to be a local deputy director of Ozyornaya airport.

May 24, 2013

Nikolai Alekseev, co-founder of Moscow Pride, received a warning from Russian authorities not to go ahead with the event tomorrow, or else face legal consequences

Nikolai Alekseev, co-founder of Moscow Pride and GayRussia, has received a warning from the Russian General Prosecution not to go ahead with a planned Moscow Pride tomorrow.

Earlier today (24 May) security officers twice served a warning to Alekseev at his Moscow home.

Last year, Moscow's highest court ruled to ban gay pride parades in the Russian capital for the next century.

May 23, 2013

Despite a Moscow suburban court ban, organizers intend to go ahead with Moscow gay Pride as plannedDespite a Moscow suburban court ban, organizers intend to go ahead with Moscow gay Pride as planned

A Moscow suburb court upheld the decision of the city authorities not to permit a gay pride parade this Saturday (25 May). Despite the ban, activists say Moscow Pride will go ahead as planned.

Nikolai Alekseev, co-founder of Moscow Pride and GayRussia, stated: ‘Khimki City Court upheld the ban on the planned Gay Pride rally and march.’

He added he would appeal on Monday to the Moscow Regional Court.

May 13, 2013

LGBT activists are accusing Russian authorities of being complicit in the violent murder of a 23 year-old gay activist

The brutal killing of a young gay Russian has sparked international outrage.

The previously unidentified Vladislav Tornovoi, a 23 year-old gay rights activist, was found dead in an apartment complex in the southern city of Volgograd on Friday (10 May).

He was viciously tortured and then killed for coming out to his friends.

October 30, 2012

Moscow City Court has upheld a refusal to hold gay prides in the Russian capital city

Moscow City Court has upheld the ruling against holding a gay parade in the Russian city despite it breaking European law.

The Tverskoy District Court dismissed an appeal on 9 July submitted by the parade’s organizer Nikolai Alekseev, and said they will continue to ban gay pride from March 2012 to May 2112.

In defiance, Alekseev claimed to have found a loophole in Russian legislation and submitted requests for gay pride parades for the next 100 years to the Moscow Mayor’s office.

October 11, 2012

Russian gay activist Nikolai Alexeyev offers help to people who want to sue outdoor retailer Expedition over anti-gay recruitment policy

A company in Russia has sparked outrage after banning gay applicants to its business course.

Outdoor goods retailer Expedition drew angry criticism after it stated on its Russian website that gay people are not allowed to apply for a place on its Academy for Entrepreneurship'.

Activist Nikolai Alexeyev says it's not the first time they have tried to block LGBT people from working or studying there and called for tougher anti-discrimination laws.

September 30, 2012

The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers slammed Russia for its continual ban of LGBT events which breaches a European Court of Human Rights ruling

The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers once again sharply criticized the Russian authorities for failing to implement the recommendations of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the case, ‘Alekseyev v. Russia’.

On 21 October 2010 Nikolay Alexeyev, a Russian LGBT rights advocate, won a case before the European Court concerning prohibition of 2006, 2007 and 2008 Moscow Pride marches and picketings.

September 14, 2012

Russian state media hailed the country’s Supreme Court ruling as a blow to discrimination of LGBT people, yet its decision actually strengthens gay events ban

The Supreme Court of Russia has ruled that some LGBT events are not classified as ‘homosexual propaganda’.

The Supreme Court’s ruling, passed this Thursday (13 September), concerned the recent legal ban on ‘gay propaganda’ to minors issued by legislature in North Russia’s Arkhangelsk Region.

Nikolai Alexeyev, an LGBT rights advocate contested the ruling in both the lower courts and the European Court of Human Rights.

August 20, 2012

Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev appeals ban on Pride House at 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi at European Court of Human Rights

Activists in Russia plan to out gay politicians if they continue to support a ban on Pride House at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Russian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender campaigners had planned the venue to be a meeting place for gay athletes and their supporters with events including a sports competition and photo exhibition.

Despite appeals, local courts upheld a decision to ban Pride House, with a judge claiming it was ‘extremist’ and could provoke ‘social-religious hatred'.

August 17, 2012

Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev says 'no other option' than to take fight to hold pride parades in capital city to European Court of Human Rights

Moscow's highest court has upheld a decision to ban gay pride parades in the Russian capital for the next century.

The Tverskoy district court had previously banned public events that qualified as gay parades from March 2012 to May 2112.

In defiance, leading gay activist Nikolai Alekseev claimed to have found a loophole in Russian legislation and submitted requests for gay pride parades for the next 100 years to the Moscow Mayor’s office.

July 18, 2012

Russian activists claim London embassy's warning about risk of children staying with gay families is 'official homophobia in action'

Russia's embassy in London has issued a warning to parents about the risk of their children staying with 'gay families' during their placement at UK summer schools.

After receiving complaints from Russian citizens, the embassy in the British capital released a statement on its website claiming that some children who were studying in the country had experienced 'inappropriate housing conditions' and 'maltreatment', including being denied food, while staying with host families.

July 12, 2012

Leading gay rights campaigner to seek compensation for arrest and detention by police at banned Moscow gay pride protest

Russian gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev says he will seek compensation after a court cleared him of illegally organizing a gay pride protest in Moscow.

LGBT campaigners defied a ban on a pride rally in Russia’s capital by picketing the country’s parliament, the Duma, and city hall on 27 May.

Police arrested 40 people, including Alekseev, for holding an unauthorized demonstration to mark the anniversary of the abolition of an anti-gay sodomy law in 1993.

June 7, 2012

Russian gay activist Nikolay Alekseev will take fight to hold pride parades in capital city to European Court of Human Rights

Moscow has refused to allow LGBT activists to hold pride parades in the Russian capital for the next century.

The Tverskoy district court had previously banned public events that qualified as gay parades from March 2012 to May 2112.

In defiance, leading gay activist Nikolay Alekseev claimed to have found a loophole in Russian legislation and submitted requests for gay pride parades for the next 100 years to the Moscow Mayor’s office.

But the Moscow city court has now upheld the refusal of Alekseev's requests.

May 28, 2012

Police detained dozens of people in Moscow on Sunday after Russian Orthodox Church activists broke up two gay rights protests

Moscow police thwarted attempts to hold small gay pride rallies in the Russian capital, arresting around 40 of gay activists and anti-gay conservatives, according to a police spokesman.

Although police claimed to have acted even-handedly, a Reuters report suggested almost all of the approximately 30 gay rights protesters in the two rallies on Sunday (27 May) were detained, and many fewer of the roughly 50 Orthodox activists involved.

May 19, 2012

Moscow has refused to sanction a gay pride for the seventh consecutive year, while neo-Nazis attack IDAHO rally participants in St. Petersburg

Moscow under its new mayor has refused to sanction a gay pride in the city for the seventh year in a row.

This comes after several dozen neo-Nazis attacked IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) rally participants in St. Petersburg on Thursday (17 May).

LGBT activists, however, are unfazed by the growing hostility towards homosexuality in the country and vow to proceed with the parade in Moscow, scheduled for 27 May.

May 5, 2012

Gay rights campaigner Nikolay Alexeyev is satisfied with judge's decision, saying he will now press for the cancellation of the law

A Russian gay activist has become the first to be convicted under the controversial anti-gay law in St Petersburg.

The accused said he was satisfied, as the sentence will now allow him to press for the cancellation of the law itself.

The law, which makes people criminals if they discuss homosexuality in public, was instated in late February 2012.