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March 17, 2014

The Central Station was the haven for LGBTI Russians until a 'campaign' was allegedly launched to get the club to vacate the premises

March 9, 2014

Police arrest thugs armed with eggs, knives and crowbars who attacked protesters at a rally for equal rights for women and gay people in the Russian capital

LGBT protesters were pelted with eggs for holding rainbow flags at a rally for International Women’s Day in Moscow, Russia yesterday (8 March).

The rally, held from Samotechnaya Square to Suvorov Square in Moscow, included LGBT activists from Moscow’s Rainbow Association as well as around 100 other participants who held placards for equal rights and anti-sexism.

Shortly after the protest started, Russian police demanded any rainbow flags were immediately removed from the rally, but posters with anti-homophobia slogans were allowed to remain.

February 25, 2014

Well not exactly. In a brand new campaign from Benetton, who created the world leaders kissing each other ads from last year, want to fight hatred by imagining positive, inspiring news

Love conquering hate, rainbow flags flying and music thumping in Moscow’s Red Square.

While this is the news we would like to see, it hasn’t happened yet.

In a brand new campaign, Benetton’s UNHATE Foundation and FABRICA have created a new video. 

An inspirational, creative film, it imagines the celebrations attracting hundreds of people from all over the world, dressed in exuberant outfits and proclaiming their love.

February 13, 2014

Vitaly Milonov, who says gay people rape kids and are violent towards straights, has said a gay contest must take place behind closed doors

A Russian lawmaker who sponsored the federal gay propaganda law wants Moscow’s ‘Gay Olympics’ banned.

Vitaly Milonov has urged Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin to ban the LGBT Sports Games that is being planned to be held shortly after the Sochi Winter Games.

The lawmaker has become a central figure in the battle on gay rights in Russia after he authored the original ‘gay propaganda’ bill in St Petersburg before it became federal law.

February 12, 2014

After singing about getting an Irish red setter and moving to Moscow, all-gay-group Autoheart gets ready for Valentine's Day with a breakup song

As expected, Autoheart's music video released July 2013 showing two men dressed in Russian military uniforms and sharing a steamy kiss caused quite a stir.

The gay musicians behind indie group Autoheart wrote their love song Moscow before Vladimir Putin passed Russia's law banning 'homosexual propaganda,' but they tell Gay Star News they wanted to use their music video to add to the debate on Russia's anti-LGBTI laws.

February 11, 2014

In revenge for CNN describing a Belarus statue as 'ugly', a state television broadcaster has taken his revenge at the Iwo Jima memorial

A Russian news anchor has accused a famous US army memorial to be a tribute to gay sex.

Dmitry Kiselyov, a controversial news anchor on Rossiya state television, has struck back against a CNN article that described a Belarus war monument to be ‘ugly’.

The worldwide news organization posted an article intended to be amusing looking at architecture around the globe.

It described the Soviet soldier ‘emerging from a mountainous block of concrete looks as if he’s about to thump the West into submission before hurling North America at the sun.’

February 9, 2014

Despite arrests, reported beatings and threats of sexual violence against activists who were detained, the IOC says nothing except that Russia was acting in accordance with its laws

Since the start of the Sochi Olympic Games on Friday, some 61 activists – 24 of them for staging pro-gay demonstrations – have been arrested across Russia. Some of those held in Moscow have reported being beaten while in police custody.

February 7, 2014

Russian police busy enforcing country's anti-gay propaganda law during Olympics - see video

At least 10 LGBTI activists were arrested in Moscow on Friday by Russian police as they sang and waved Rainbow Pride flags in a snow-covered Red Square to protest the country's anti-gay laws.

The group continued to sing the Russian national anthem and wave their flags as police struggled to put them into vehicles - at times dragging them.

The demonstration took place on the same day as opening ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics were taking place in Sochi.

February 7, 2014

Russian police busy enforcing country's anti-gay propaganda law during Olympics - see video

At least 10 LGBTI activists were arrested in Moscow on Friday by Russian police as they sang and waved Rainbow Pride flags in a snow-covered Red Square to protest the country's anti-gay laws.

The group continued to sing the Russian national anthem and wave their flags as police struggled to put them into vehicles - at times dragging them.

The demonstration took place on the same day as opening ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics were taking place in Sochi.

February 1, 2014

'A Sochi is a hole at the bottom of a boy'

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be inviting Potpourri of Pearls to headline a Moscow concert. The pop group has released a new song called Sochi and it's cheekily delightful.

The tune gives a new definition to the Winter Olympic city. Sochi now is either a verb or a noun, meaning 'a delightful anus' or 'to do butt sex' (according to the group's website).

January 31, 2014

Ivan Okhlobystin, the actor and former Russian Orthodox priest who said he wanted to ‘burn homosexuals alive,’ is being taken to court over those comments by a gay activist

An LGBTI Russian activist is taking homophobic actor Ivan Okhlobystin to court over his comment that homosexuals should be ‘thrown in a furnace while they are still alive.’

Okhlobystin made the comments during a speech to fans in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk in December – also adding that he wanted ‘faggots’ stripped of their voting rights because they are a ‘psychical anomaly.’

January 22, 2014

Gays told singer they received threats from vigilante groups who would ‘cure’ them of homosexuality by dousing them with urine or beating them up

Russian President Vladimir Putin described openly gay singer Elton John as 'an outstanding person [and] outstanding musician.'

Putin, interviewed by a small group of journalists over the weekend also said of the pop icon: 'Millions of our people sincerely love him despite his orientation.'

John, who performed concerts in Russia last month, has responded to Putin's remarks with a blistering indictment of the controversial anti-gay laws the leader has championed.

January 19, 2014

Five of the biggest names in advocacy have come to the Gay Star Beach Party to discuss the ethics of LGBTI travel

Globally renowned LGBTI leaders have spoken out on Nigeria, travel and the problem of boycotting homophobic countries today (19 January).

Attended by an intelligent, opinionated audience, the debate was held at the LGBTI Travel Show in London organized by Gay Star News.

The panelists were:

January 10, 2014

Deacon Andrei Kurayev claims he has been sacked as a professor at the Moscow Theological Academy for speaking out against what he says is a powerful ‘gay lobby’ within the Russian Orthodox Church

A controversial Russian Orthodox deacon who claimed there is a gay cancer ‘metastasizing’ among the Russian clergy has been sacked from his post as a professor at Moscow’s Theological Academy.

December 18, 2013

A far-reaching amnesty means the members of Pussy Riot, as well as the Greenpeace activists, could be freed

Russia is set to release two members of the pro-gay, anti-Putin, punk group Pussy Riot as early as tomorrow (19 December).

The parliament has passed a wide-ranging amnesty law unanimously, allowing first-time offenders, minors and women with small children to be freed from prison.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhnia staged a punk performance in Moscow’s main cathedral early last year.

During the performance, they included a reference to the country’s persecuted LGBT community with the line ‘Gay pride sent to Siberia in chains’.

December 16, 2013

Central Station, Moscow’s largest gay bar, has been subjected to another attack, with the club’s roof dismantled this time – prompting the owner to write to Vladimir Putin to ask him to get the police to do their job

Moscow’s largest gay night club has been subjected to another attack, prompting the owner to write to Russian President Vladimir Putin to ask him to ensure police do their job and properly investigate.

The owner says the most recent attack on the Central Station nightclub on Saturday is just one of over 20 incidents against the establishment this year.

This time a group of around a hundred people occupied the building’s attic – dismantling the roof and stealing equipment.

December 11, 2013

British pop legend has written an open letter to explain why he decided to go to Moscow and Kazan and speak out against the gay propaganda ban during his concerts

Elton John, the gay British pop legend, has done it. He has gone to Russia to perform, spoken out against the law and has appeared to come back unscathed.

While we do not know whether the promoter, like with Lady Gaga’s tour, will be fined, but for now it seems like the singer has done his job.

Following his performances on 6 and 7 December in Moscow and Kazan, he met with gay and HIV rights activists.

For his charity, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the singer decided to write an open letter about his experiences.

Check it out below:

December 10, 2013

New Yorker Editor David Remnick is an expert on Russia

NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in will now include New Yorker editor David Remnick focusing on Russia's politics including the country's anti-gay propaganda law.

Remnick is an expert on Russia writing pieces for The New Yorker about Russian politics and culture. He is the former Moscow bureau chief for the Washington Post.

'David is a distinguished journalist who knows Russia very well, and we’re excited to have his expertise on the host country for our Sochi coverage,' Jim Bell, executive producer, NBC Olympics, said in a statement.

December 7, 2013

Performing in Moscow tonight - the first of two concerts in Russia - Elton John spoke out against the country's anti-gay laws from the stage.

'I am deeply saddened and shocked over the current legislation that is now in place against the LGBT community here in Russia. In my opinion, it is inhumane and it is isolating,' John said according to a transcript on Joe. My God.

December 6, 2013

British King of Pop will risk jail and deportation if he possibly goes too far in his message to the LGBT community in Russia

Elton John has vowed to speak out on gay propaganda laws in Russia tonight (6 December).

The British singer will be playing two dates in Russia, in Moscow tonight and the Volga city of Kazan on Saturday.

He said while he will avoid being strongly critical of Putin, he has prepared something ‘meaningful’ to the LGBT community.

The 66-year-old star is the biggest pop star, and only major gay artist, to play in Russia since the ban on gay propaganda was enforced in June.

December 5, 2013

Russian lawyer and activist Masha Bast examines how Putin’s desire to expand his ‘empire’ is really behind the deteriorating LGBTI and human rights situation

In the beginning of the 1990s many said Russia had chosen democracy and was leaving its Soviet heritage behind.

If it had been as simple as that, we would be living in completely different country. So why do we still live in Putin’s Russia and why is Russia not yet democratic?

To understand you must look at Russia much more deeply.

There are no examples in history when Russians tried to achieve liberty, when our society was talking about human rights and freedoms.

December 4, 2013

A Moscow scientist has caused outrage by claiming a rumored affair the president had with an Olympic gymnast was a ploy to hide his 'real' sexuality

A new biography has caused outrage in Russia, and amusement everywhere else, by claiming Vladimir Putin is gay.

Moscow political scientist Stanislav Belkovsky’s book ‘Putin’ claims a rumored affair between the president and an Olympic gymnast was a ploy by his PR team.

He suggests his propaganda experts put out the rumors to hide his ‘latently gay’ sexual orientation.

The author also says the 61-year-old president prefers animals over humans.

December 3, 2013

The iconic gay pop artist is scheduled to perform at two different locations in Russia this weekend, but speculations abound his gigs could be cancelled for speaking out on the country's anti-gay laws

Sir Elton John is set to perform in Russia this week, but fears are rising the concerts could be cancelled because of a Russian law banning 'gay propaganda'.

Sir Elton John is one of the most famous gay entertainers in the world, known by his fans for his outspoken views on gay rights, and earlier this year said he would perform in Russia to show support for the country's LGBTI community.

November 18, 2013

The patrons of one of Russia’s best known gay nightclubs were subjected to a shooting attack on Saturday in what the club owners say is just the latest in a series of provocations

Two men shot up Moscow’s Central Station gay night club on Saturday but nobody was injured during the attack.

The men reportedly first began harassing patrons outside the club around 5am and then attempted to gain entry to the club.

When security refused them entry to the night club they produced a fire arm and shots were fired.

The club’s owners told Russia’s Life News that they believed the attack was an ‘extremist act of hate or hostility towards persons belonging to a particular social group.’