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September 5, 2013

Russian heterosexual allies for LGBT equality have held flashmob events across the country despite police surveillance, sending the message ‘From Russia with Love’

Russia’s Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality has held a series of successful public protests despite being filmed by police, sending the message ‘from Russia with love’ to the global LGBT community.

Organizers of the 3 September flashmob event held it in solidarity with other protests held around the world against Russia’s treatment of LGBTs.

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

Russia State Duma again postpones debate on law to ban ‘gay propaganda’ to minors across the country

The Russian State Duma has postponed a nationwide ban on ‘gay propaganda’ indefinitely by returning the bill to the preparatory stage.

The legislation was originally due to be debated on 19 December last year but that was put off to today (22 January).

Since then, Russia has come under international pressure to drop the proposals.

July 11, 2012

Russian religious activists have launched a campaign to have Facebook banned saying its same-sex marriage icon amounts to 'gay propaganda' and is 'flirting with sodomites'

According to Russia Today, Russian Orthodox activists have demand a nationwide ban on Facebook as the social networking website recently enabled same-sex couples to use an gay marriage icon to represent their union.

Last month the popular social networking site introduced same-sex marriage status icons: one depicting two brides, the other two grooms.

June 8, 2012

Side by Side LGBT Film Festival forced to cancel final day in Novosibirsk, Russia, after attack

A gang of homophobic youths mobbed people attending a gay film festival in Novosibirsk, Russia, forcing them to cancel the festival’s last day.

Even when they left the venue, the 30-strong mob chased organizers of the Side by Side LGBT Film Festival’s taxi.

And the festival team said police weren’t prepared to protect them following the incident yesterday (7 June).

April 27, 2012

Deputies intend to push legislation to a federal level

Russia's third-largest city Novosibirsk is the latest to join in the criminalization of 'gay propaganda'.

Deputies in Moscow have come forward saying they intend to push the initiative to a federal level. The law prohibits the promotion of gay, bisexual and transgender activity among minors.

Regional deputy for education Alexander Ilyushchenko said: 'Today we are talking about protecting the majority of people who are not associated with homosexuality, to keep them from having to explain to their children that things like this happen'.

March 29, 2012

Proposed law calls for fines of up to half a million rubles for 'spreading homosexual propaganda'

An anti-gay 'propaganda' bill, similar to the one passed in St Petersburg, has been submitted to the Russian parliament.

The proposed law calls for fines of up to 500,000 rubles ($16,500 €12,400) for 'spreading homosexual propaganda' among minors.

Lawmakers from the Novosibirsk region submitted the legislation to the State Duma today (29 March) and is similar to the law passed in St Petersburg earlier this month.

December 30, 2011

Lesbian and gay protestors rejected, ejected, censored and even attacked at Pro-Democracy rallies in Russia

LGBT political activists in Russia are reporting abuse and attacks at Pro-Democracy rallies across the country.

On Christmas Eve tens of thousands of protesters braved the sub zero temperatures across Russia to protest against the alleged election fraud, corruption and to demand more freedom and democracy.