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October 1, 2013

Sergei Naryshkin: 'They build their lives freely and in accordance with their preferences'

The head of the Russian state of Duma said today (1 October) that the country's anti-gay propaganda law will not lead to discrmination.

At a meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Sergei Naryshkin also said that no one discriminates against LGBT people in Russia.

The broadly-written law prohibits public support of homosexuality and has brought widespread criticism to Russia ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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.

August 15, 2013

'I’m just the same person as you, my dear audience, as President Putin'

Anton Krasovsky was recently on the air on Russia's Kontr TV Channel when he made an announcement to the audience: he is gay.

'I’m gay, and I’m just the same person as you, my dear audience, as president Putin, as prime minister Medvedev and deputies of our Duma,' he said.

Within hours, Krasovsky was fired from the government-backed cable network that he had helped launch.

But if viewers did not see his announcement live, they can't see it now because footage was deleted from KontrTV's website and from YouTube.

June 18, 2013

Lawmaker says kids adopted by gays are 'seriously traumatized'

The lower house of Russia's parliament on Tuesday (18 June) gave initial approval to a measure that would ban gay people from foreign countries from adopting Russian orphans.

June 11, 2013

State Duma passes 'homosexual propaganda' law unanimously that will see people fined and foreigners deported if they are gay

Russia has passed a law that will see gay people arrested for ‘promoting homosexuality’.

The State Duma has voted unanimously for the ‘propaganda’ law in the second reading today (11 June).

Elena Mizulina represented the bill for 10 minutes where she spoke about the changes that had been made.

Aleksey Mitrofanov, a deputy from the A Just Russia party, was the only one who questioned the bill.

He questioned a proposed amendment where foreigners would be arrested and deported if they were deemed ‘promoting homosexuality’.

April 9, 2013

Russian President has said despite a lack of gay rights laws, LGBT people ‘enjoy all the same rights and freedoms as everyone else’

President Vladimir Putin has said Russia does not discriminate against homosexuals.

The Russian president was speaking at a press conference in Amsterdam, where gay rights activists, topless feminists and other protestors critical of the lack of human rights laws in the country had greeted him.

He said: ‘In the Russian Federation – so that it is clear to everybody – there is no infringement on the rights of sexual minorities.

‘These people…enjoy all the same rights and freedoms as everyone else.’

March 15, 2013

Council of Europe says Russia must allow LGBT people to hold prides and axe anti-gay propaganda laws but Moscow security chief says there will be no change

Foreign ministers from around Europe have told Russia to allow gay pride parades and to remove laws banning ‘homosexual propaganda’.

January 25, 2013

Another million Russians banned from ‘promoting homosexuality’ as national anti-gay law comes back on agenda at the State Duma

Russia’s State Duma, or parliament, is set to debate and vote on a law against ‘gay propaganda’ at 5pm Moscow time today (25 January).

The debate comes as news breaks that Kaliningrad region, with a population of almost a million, passed a similar law yesterday (24 January).

It’s the 10th Russian region to pass the law which forbids ‘homosexual propaganda’ to minors which it links to pedophilia.

Similar legislation already exists in St Petersburg, Ryazan, Arkangelsk, Kostroma, Magadansk, Samar, Bashkortostan, Krasnodar and Novosibirsk.

January 22, 2013

Russian gay kissing against gay propaganda bill were assaulted Christian Orthodox activists

A ‘gay kissing day’ demonstration outside the Russian State Duma today ended in violence, as Christian Orthodox activists assaulted gay and lesbian protestors.

Gay and lesbians activists kissed today (22 January) in front of the Duma in protest of its plans to legalize a nationwide ban on so called ‘gay propaganda’.

December 18, 2012

Russia’s State Duma will not discuss law banning ‘promotion of homosexuality’ to children until next year

Russia’s State Duma has postponed the first reading of a bill designed to fine people who ‘promote homosexuality’ to children.

The Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, was due to debate the law tomorrow (19 December). But it will now not be discussed until 22 January according to Russian International News Agency, RIA Novosti.

December 13, 2012

The European Parliament has told Russia and Ukraine to drop gay gag laws and said LGBT issues must be a foreign policy priority for the EU

The European Parliament has told Russia and Ukraine to ditch plans to fine and jail people who talk positively about gay issues.

The LGBT ‘gay laws’ already exist in nine regions of Russia but now the Duma parliament is planning countrywide legislation. Similar proposals are also being debated in Ukraine.

The laws are used to ban gay prides, silence gay organizations stop young people being given positive messages about being LGBT, and to crack down on dissidents.

December 11, 2012

HRW calls on Duma to drop homophobic bill that would fine people for talking openly about LGBT issues

Russia’s parliament should reject a proposed bill banning gay ‘propaganda’, Human Rights Watch said today (11 December).

The Duma, the lower chamber of parliament, is scheduled to discuss plans to fine individuals, government officials and organizations that ‘promote’ homosexuality to anyone under 18.

November 30, 2012

Activists fear country-wide 'homosexual propaganda' bill, due to be discussed in Russia's State Duma, will increase LGBT violence

A national anti-gay 'propaganda' bill, similar to the one passed in St Petersburg, threatens to silence Russia's gay community.

The proposed legislation will enter its first reading in the country's national parliament, the Duma, on 19 December.

November 22, 2012

Regional parliament in Russia rules anti-gay 'propaganda' bill conflicts with federal law

Moscow's regional parliament has rejected an anti-gay 'propaganda' bill similar to homophobic laws passed elsewhere in Russia.

The proposed law, which would ban 'non-traditional sexual orientation propaganda to minors', was filed with the Duma on 16 November by the local Council of Municipal Entities.

A Duma spokesman told the RIA Novosti news agency today (22 November) that the legislation 'will not be accepted' because it is in conflict with the country's federal law.

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 25, 2012

A new law in Russia fining people for ‘unsanctioned rallies’ could also be used to crack down on gay prides, says Amnesty

New laws restricting the right to peaceful assembly in Russia will affect gay pride marchers, warns human rights group Amnesty International.

President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party’s bill hiking up fines for protesters taking part in unsanctioned rallies was passed through the country’s parliament, the Duma, in a matter of weeks and will become law once he has signed it off.

March 11, 2012

Georgiy Poltavchenko signs law against gay ‘propaganda to minors’ despite international pressure – now four Russian regions have similar laws

The governor of St Petersburg in Russia has signed a bill into law which is designed to gag the local gay and transgender population.

The law officially prevents the ‘propaganda of homosexuality to minors’ but campaigners warn it will be used to gag any public discussion of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender issues or events targeted at gay and trans people.

March 6, 2012

Moscow activists and officials from Manchester, St Petersburg’s twin city, have joined the fight to prevent the Russian city’s gay propaganda law

The Lord Mayor and deputy leader of Manchester City Council, in northern England, are using their trip to the Russian city of St Petersburg to urge its governor not to sign an anti-gay new law.

Meanwhile activists from Moscow have pledged to defy the legislation by protesting in front of children’s libraries and schools in St Petersburg on the day it comes into force.

March 1, 2012

Make campaign video go viral and stop St Petersburg's anti-gay 'propaganda' law

Activists hope a video featuring gay men and women with their mouths gagged or taped will go viral in a final push to stop St Petersburg's anti-gay 'propaganda' law.

Politicians in the Russian city yesterday (29 February) voted in favor of the 'gag gay' bill which makes people criminals if they discuss homosexuality in public.

February 29, 2012

Local Russian politicians ignore massive European, US and global pressure to press ahead with gay gag law

St Petersburg politicians have today (29 February) voted in favor of a new law which makes people criminals if they discuss homosexuality in public.

The law prohibiting public discussion of LGBT issues is similar to rules already introduced in the country's Ryazan, Arkhangelsk and Kostroma regions.

Currently, the bill has fines of up to 1 million roubles ($34,400 €25,000) for organisations and up to 5,000 roubles (€172 €125) for individuals.