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March 7, 2014

Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, who has defended gay propaganda laws as protecting Russian morals, had his name Travoltified on Channel 4 news

The Russian Foreign Minister was described as ‘so gay lover of’ in a subtitle blunder during a Channel 4 report.

Sergey Lavrov was the subject of a report discussing a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

And knowing the internet, the hilarious gaffe prompted a plethora of responses online.

‘I wager this was NOT an accident,’ one Twitter user said.

Another added: ‘So Gay Lover? Wahaha, Putin will go mental.’

‘Loving this!!! Sweet, sweet irony is just delicious,’ another user said.

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 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 4, 2014

'Hello My Name is Vladimir' is the world's first 'protest beer' to be sold in stores and online

'Protest beer' mocking anti-gay laws in Russia is being sent to Vladimir Putin today (4 February).

A Scottish craft brewery believe they have launched the world's first 'protest beer', produced to fight against homophobic legislation.

BrewDog’s new craft beer, Hello My Name is Vladimir, is a double IPA ale containing Limmonick berries - an ingredient regarded by some Russians to enhance sexual performance in men.

The bottle is styled with a gaudy Andy Warhol-style label showing an image of the Russian president wearing lipstick and eyeshadow.

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 17, 2014

President has said Russia does not ban homosexuality, unlike many other countries who have passed homophobic legislation such as Uganda and Nigeria

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said gays will be welcome during the Olympic Games, but must stay away from children.

Speaking to volunteers today (17 January), LGBTI people ‘can feel calm and at ease’ while visiting Russia.

But he emphasized no gay person will be arrested as long as they do not speak to anyone underage.

Under the ‘gay propaganda’ law, the wording of the legislation specifically bans the promotion of ‘non-traditional relationships’ to children.

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 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’.

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.

October 16, 2013

Four time gold medalist Richard Alther has sent a flirtatious letter to Putin begging him to repeal the 'gay propaganda' law

A US gay swimmer has written a flirtatious letter to the Russian president in hopes to persuade him to treat LGBT people with 'grace, compassion, and respect.’

‘As much as a world leader, you are an international celebrity as a proud, buff dude. Millions who admire sportsmen have seen photos of you shirtless.’

October 5, 2013

New animated short from #Mashed features a clearly closeted Russian President daydreaming about his 'happy place'

An animated parody video featuring a gay Vladimir Putin has gone viral, gaining over 12,000 views in less than a day.

The video, entitled 'The Totally Fabulous Gay Adventures Of Vladimir Putin', features the Russian president being lectured by one of his comrades in between daydreaming about his 'happy place' - full of rainbows, unicorns and a topless Stalin.

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.

September 11, 2013

According to reported claims, the new International Olympics Committee president considers the Russian president to be an ally

Thomas Bach, the new International Olympics Committee president, considers Russian president Vladimir Putin as a close friend.

According to reported claims, the 59-year-old former Olympic gold medal fencer was answering a question from newspaper The Australian when he stopped to take a phone call.

From none other than Russia’s president Vladimir Putin.

September 6, 2013

UK Prime Minister David Cameron raised gay rights at a 2am face-to-face with the Russian President

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he raised gay rights in Russia at a 2am meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

The face-to-face conference at the G20 summit was promised in advance by the UK PM to LGBT rights activists.

September 4, 2013

See pictures from protests around the world against Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ laws yesterday (3 September)

LGBT people and their allies protestsed in at least 34 cities in 21 countries around the world to show solidarity with LGBT Russians and to ‘oppose the Putin regime’s escalating authoritarianism’ yesterday.

The protests were also an attempt to put pressure on world leaders ahead of the upcoming G20 Summit, due to be held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, tomorrow and Friday (5 and 6 September).

August 27, 2013

Putin painted wearing slip and brushing hair of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

An art gallery in St. Petersburg, Russia, has been shut down and several of its paintings seized by authorities - including one depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in women's underwear.

The satirical painting shows Putin brushing the hair of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev who is also in lingerie. Another painting features St Petersburg deputy Vitaly Mironov's face combined with the LGBT rainbow flag.

August 24, 2013

In letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, US Senator Barbara Boxer notes the country's new 'homosexual propaganda' laws is contrary to the  International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

US Senator Barbara Boxer sent a public letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin requesting a repeal of the country's 'homosexual propaganda' laws.

While acknowledging the 'bilateral relationship' between the two superpowers, the senator from California is concerned about the impact of the new rulings.

'I have been shocked by images of Russian LGBT individuals—including young men and women—being harassed, threatened and severely beaten,' Boxer wrote. '

August 14, 2013

‘God’ has chosen Vladimir Putin as the winner of the popular Facebook humor page’s Smite Tuesday competition

Facebook’s ‘God’ page has chosen to single out Russian President Vladimir Putin for divine retribution over his regime’s treatment of LGBT people.

‘God’ chose Putin as the winner of his weekly Smite Tuesday competition after he was nominated to be smote by one of the popular humor page’s nearly one million Facebook followers.

‘The winner of SMITE TUESDAY is Vladimir Putin,’ ‘God’ posted earlier today.