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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.

January 14, 2014

Sir Ian McKellen and his friend the chemist Sir Harry Kroto have penned an open letter to the Russian Government signed by 27 Nobel prize winners, protesting its ban on so-called ‘homosexual propaganda to minors’

Sir Ian McKellen has joined forces with the noted chemist Sir Harry Kroto to co-write a protest letter to the Russian Government over its treatment of LGBTIs which has been co-signed by 27 Nobel prize winners.

The letter was published in full in the UK’s The Independent newspaper earlier today.

October 2, 2013

Anti-gay Russian President Vladimir Putin is nominated for Nobel Peace Prize despite his human rights abuses and being named ‘czar of homophobia’

He’s been dubbed the ‘czar of homophobia’ and criticized as a human rights abuser and warmonger, but Vladimir Putin has now been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

He has been put forward by a Russian advocacy group, citing his efforts to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile and stop a US missile strike on the country.

Russia’s International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World justifies its nomination by saying he is more deserving than 2009 winner Barack Obama.

March 6, 2013

A group of Icelandic MPs and Swedish Members of the European Parliament have called on the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to award its prize for 2013 to Bradley Manning, the gay US soldier that leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks

A group of Icelandic MPs have called for Wikileaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the second time in two years, and have been joined by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)

All three MPs from Iceland’s The Movement party and the Swedish Pirate Party’s two MEPs wrote to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Oslo, Norway, to urge them to award Manning the prize.

They were joined in this call by Slim Amamou, a former Tunisian Secretary of State for Sport and Youth.

October 1, 2012

Members of pro-gay female Russian punk band will have to wait to see if their two year jail term can be reduced

A court appeal into the sentencing of three members of Russian female punk band Pussy Riot has been postponed after one of the group's lawyers was fired.

Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were found guilty of 'hooliganism on the grounds of religious hatred' for singing a pro-gay protest song in Moscow’s central Orthodox cathedral and were jailed for two years.

The trio's appeal hearing today (1 October) was adjourned until later this month after Samutsevich's representative was sacked over an undisclosed dispute.

December 27, 2011

French activists launch bid for Nobel Peace Prize for international gay rights campaigner Louis-Georges Tin

Activists in France have launched a bid to win the Nobel Peace Prize for gay rights campaigner and author Louis-Georges Tin.

Tin, 37, who was born in Martinique and also fights against racism, was instrumental in establishing the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) which has taken place every 17 May since 2005 and is celebrated in more than 70 countries around the world.