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March 7, 2014

Uganda's Frank Mugisha, Russia's Igor Kotchetkov and Nepal’s first openly gay politician Sunil Babu Pant is in the running for the million-dollar prize

President Vladimir Putin will have to face off competition from gay rights activists to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ugandan activist Frank Mugisha, Russia advocate Igor Kotchetkov, Nepal’s first openly gay politician Sunil Babu Pant are among the record 278 nominees for the million dollar prize.

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association is also among the nominees.

Despite Russia’s actions in the Crimea region of the Ukraine, Putin was reportedly nominated for helping to defuse last year’s crisis in Syria.

March 6, 2014

Russian president, who is involved in the Ukraine crisis and approves the country's homophobic laws, is nominated for the million-dollar prize

Despite the rampant homophobia in Russia, and the conflict in Ukraine, Putin is in the running to win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

A record 278 candidates, including 47 organizations, received nominations for the million-dollar prize.

He was reportedly nominated for helping to defuse last year’s crisis in Syria.

Russia’s International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World, who also nominated the president last year, said Putin is more deservning than 2009 winner Barack Obama.

February 19, 2014

Star Trek icon tells GSN: “This Olympics is really a chilling thing because it reminds me of the 1936 Olympics when the Olympics Committee provided an international platform for Adolf Hitler'

George Takei has been watching some of the Olympics in Sochi even though he strongly believes they never should have been allowed to be held in a country with an anti-gay propaganda law in place.

The openly gay Star Trek icon tells Gay Star News that he considers the International Olympic Committee 'spineless' for not moving the games after it was clear that 'Russia breaks the pledge to the Olympic creed of no discrimination.'

February 17, 2014

Bravo's Watch What Happens Live host says his 'blood boils' whenever he sees Putin on TV

Andy Cohen, the openly gay host of Bravo channel's What What Happens Live talk show, refered to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a 'bastard' in an interview over the weekend.

During a piece on LGBTI equality on NBC's Meet the Press, Cohen was asked about Putin inadvertently hugging a gay gold medal speed skater from Holland.

Replied Cohen: 'We all get carried away in the magic and pageantry of the Olympics. I mean, wouldn’t it be great if that bastard did too? I mean, it would be. He put on a huge show. Learn something from it.'

February 14, 2014

Clare Balding, who has had to defend herself for not boycotting Sochi, jokes the Russian president will enjoy the double luge

Gay sports presenter Clare Balding has given President Vladimir Putin a hilarious dig live on the BBC.

The broadcaster, who is in Sochi for the Winter Olympic Games, was introducing the infamous double luge.

‘Now technically, this could be a mixed pairing. It could be two women,’ she said.

‘But historically it has always been two men because that’s the quickest way to get down the course.

‘Now I’m very much hoping President Putin is going to go up to the Sliding Center to watch this one in person.’

February 14, 2014

Protests are being held around the world today to prove love can conquer hatred and fear

Russian president Vladimir Putin is being sent Valentine’s Day gay kiss protests from around the world today (14 February).

In cities around the world, gay rights activists are gathering today to show love can conquer hatred and fear.

From midday in London near the Russian Embassy, there will be a LGBT carnival with samba music and drag artists.

Some will also be wearing mocking the Russian president by wearing Putin masks.

To promote the event, they sent out an image of Putin kissing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

February 13, 2014

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has introduced measures to ensure gay and unmarried straight couples from countries with equal marriage are banned from adopting Russian children

Russia has introduced measures to enforce the ban on adoptions of children to people in countries that recognize same-sex marriage.

A decree published on the government’s website today (13 February) states a ban on adoptions will apply to gay and unmarried straight couples.

Affected countries that often traditionally adopt from Russia includes Spain, France and Canada.

England and Wales will be on the list once same-sex weddings begin to be carried out on 29 March.

February 11, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin has personally congratulated bisexual Dutch speed skater Ireen Wust with a ‘cuddle’ during a party that was held to celebrate her gold medal win

The first LGBTI athlete to win a gold medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics has been personally congratulated by Russian President Vladimir Putin and she says he gave him a cuddle.

Dutch speed skater Ireen Wust has been billed by much of the media as ‘the first openly gay gold medalist’ at the Sochi Games but she identifies as bisexual and has had relationships with both men and women.

February 8, 2014

After finishing his crusade in Sochi, anti-gay US preacher Larry Craft will go to New Orleans to protest gays, abortion, sex addiction, and 'church gossips'

An anti-gay US preacher is in Sochi to offer support to President Vladimir Putin.

Larry Craft, a resident of Rochester, New York, spent the opening day of the Winter Olympics passing out anti-gay pamphlets in downtown Sochi.

He told the Wall Street Journal that he, and two other men, were briefly held at a police station because their sign said 'God bless Putin for his stance on homosexuals.'

February 7, 2014

Dutch prime minister and Russian president meet despite extreme tension between the two countries following assaults and humiliation

President Vladimir Putin has told the world the Olympics is not the place to discuss Russia’s treatment of gay people.

In a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the Russian president demanded politics and sport should not mix.

‘I know you always give much attention to humanitarian issues and adherence to human rights,’ Putin said, according to Reuters.

‘We are always open to discussion.’

February 5, 2014

Protests will take place in 19 cities around the world including London, New York and St Petersburg

A call is being sent out around the world to protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws today (5 February).

Held two days before the Winter Olympics begins in Sochi, the protestors will call on sponsors to speak out over Russia’s gay propaganda ban.

Protests are expected to take place in 19 cities around the globe, including London, New York, Paris and St Petersburg.

Sponsors of the Olympic Games include Coca Cola, McDonalds and Visa.

February 3, 2014

In an effort to protect children from 'Western values', Moscow Helsinki Group says Vladimir Putin is not doing what is in best interest for children

Banning gay propaganda in Russia is harming children, a Russian human rights group has said.

Moscow Helsinki Group, the oldest Russian human rights organization, has released a report on the situation of children in the country.

The report shows how Russia is disregarding the United Nations who believes countries must always act in best interest of the child.

But with the sharp rise in homophobia and anti-gay attacks in recent years, the MHG believes the quality of life for teens is at threat.

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 29, 2014

A group of ballet dancers gathered outside the Russian Embassy in London to demand that President Putin puts an end to his discriminatory legislation

Ballet dancers staged a Swan Lake protest outside the Russian Embassy in London today (29 January), pleading with Putin to put an end to homophobic laws. 

To the tune of gay Russian composer Tchaikovsky's iconic 'Song of the Swans', two male and two female dancers pliéd in protest opposite the Russian headquarters.

Dozens were there, including GSN, for the protest organized by Amnesty International who were demanding an end to the crackdown on human rights in Russia.

January 27, 2014

Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov says there are no gay people living in his city of 350,000 people – but says they would be welcome so long as they respect Russia’s ban on so-called homosexual propaganda to minors

Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov has claimed there are no gay people living in his city in the lead up to the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Pakhomov made the claim despite the fact that there are two gay bars in his city of 350,000 people – but said that gay people would be welcome so long as they ‘respect Russian law’ and ‘don't impose their habits on others’ in an interview with the BBC.

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 21, 2014

'Please change this law - just be inclusive, champion everyone'

If Billie Jean King were to find herself face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month, she knows exactly what she would say to him.

'Please change this (anti-gay propaganda) law,' the tennis legend tells ABC News. 'Just be inclusive - champion everyone.'

January 20, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has gay people in his life but claims his country’s ban on homosexual propaganda to minors is necessary because some unnamed countries are considering legalizing pedophilia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that some countries are considering legalizing pedophilia in defending his country’s ban on so-called homosexual propaganda to minors in an interview with the BBC but says he has gay people in his life.

'I myself know some people who are gay,’ Putin told the BBC’s Andrew Marr, ‘We're on friendly terms.'

January 20, 2014

So much for all the homophobia, it turns out the Russian president is looking for hookups on the gay social app

Boys have I got a treat for you. This slightly older guy loves judo, fishing and defending homophobic laws, and he’s finally on Grindr!

That’s right. Vladimir Putin is on the hookup app. Well, probably not anyway.

Describing himself as ‘Heterosexual. Totally. Definitely,’ Putin is apparently looking for ‘chat, dates, influence in the Middle East and meaningless sex with a man.’

In his short bio, he explains: ‘Hi Guys. I love Judo, water sports (especially pissing on human rights), extreme homophobia and big sex.

January 19, 2014

'It has nothing to do with persecuting people for their non-traditional orientation. My personal position is that society must keep children safe'

In an interview with a small group of reporters, Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his country's ‘gay propaganda’  laws.

'It seems to me that the law that we have adopted does not hurt anyone,' he said in a 17 January interview, according to ABC News.

January 16, 2014

Russian president has attempted to stop the fears of next month's Sochi Winter Olympic Games in light of the gay propaganda law

President Vladimir Putin has vowed no athlete will be facing discrimination at next month’s Winter Olympics.

Hoping to ease international concern over a Russian law banning gay propaganda, he has offered his latest statement saying every athlete will be treated equally.

Speaking today (16 January), he said: ‘The Olympic Games will be held in full compliance with the Olympic charter, without any discrimination on any basis. Russia will be rooting for its own athletes of course, but we wish success to all the athletes.’

December 23, 2013

Saying she would have rather stayed in prison, Maria Alyokhina remains strongly anti-Putin after his new amnesty law released her from jail three months early

A member of Russian anti-Putin group Pussy Riot has been released early from prison.

Maria Alyokhina, who was jailed in March 2012 along with fellow Pussy Riot band members Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova for performing and filming an anti-Putin music video, went straight to human rights group Committee Against Torture after being released from prison today (23 December).

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 12, 2013

In a speech to Russian parliament, the president says the law is seen as proof of Russia's 'morality' and 'conservatism'

Vladimir Putin has defended Russia’s anti-gay laws in his annual address to the Russian parliament.

In a reference to banning gay propaganda, the Russian president said the law is seen internationally as proof of the country’s ‘morality’.

As Russia sees itself as a defender of conservative values against what it sees as an assault of ‘genderless and fruitless so-called tolerance’.

Considering his values to be ‘good’, he described the attacks on his laws as ‘evil’.