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February 26, 2014

Man found guilty of manslaughter after stabbing a substance abuse counselor in the back

A Russian man is facing nine years in jail after killing a doctor for proposing gay sex.

Prosecutors in the Novgorod region told a court this week that the killer stabbed the doctor in the back.

He had reportedly visited the doctor’s apartment and substance abuse counselor to seek medical help last summer, as reported by RIA Novosti.

During the meeting, it was alleged the doctor proposed the men have ‘homosexual relations’,

February 6, 2014

Politicians have called on government to approve raids of children's book shops, in order to make sure they are not learning about homosexuality

A Russian library has removed a children’s book over fears it breaks the ‘gay propaganda’ ban.

 ‘Families. Ours and Theirs’ by Vera Timenchik was donated to the Ulianovsk Regional Scientific Library under a charity project aiming to teach diversity and tolerance to children aged 10 – 13.

Timenchik’s book explores all the different types in families in various countries and cultures. It also includes information on same-sex marriage.

The book has already been removed from Ulianovsk Regional Scientific Library.

February 4, 2014

Trio brutally beat and stabbed victim to death in country's far east region then put his body in a car they doused with gasoline and set on fire

Three men in Russia were found guilty on Monday (3 February) of brutally murdering a man because they thought he was gay.

They have been sentenced to between 9 and 12-and-a-half years in prison for the grisly crime which last took place last May in a village in the country's Kamchatka Region, according to RIA Novosti.

The victim, 29, was beaten and stabbed in the chest, face and neck.

January 21, 2014

Russian neo-Nazi leader Maxim Martsinkevich, who posts videos on Youtube of him torturing gay men, has been reportedly arrested in Cuba after fleeing Russia

Anti-gay Russian fugitive Maxim Martsinkevich has been arrested in Cuba.

Wanted in Russia for his ‘extreme’ acts of violence where he lured gay men and young boys with the promise of sex and then taped torturing them, Maxim Martsinkevich also known as Machete is currently detained in Cuba.

Over the weekend Interpol informed the Russian Interior Ministry of Martsinkevich’s arrest, according to Russia’s RIA Novosti.

December 13, 2013

Ivan Okhlobystin, who stars on a sitcom inspired by US TV show Scrubs, has demanded 'faggots' be stripped of their human rights

A Russian actor has caused outrage by saying he wants to ‘burn gay people alive’.

Ivan Okhlobystin, who stars in the Russian version of US medical sitcom ‘Scrubs’, has said he would have all of the LGBTI community in the country killed if it was up to him.

‘I’d put them all alive in the oven…it’s a living danger to my children,’ Okhlobystin said, according to RIA Novosti.

December 13, 2013

Ivan Okhlobystin, who stars on a sitcom inspired by US TV show Scrubs, has demanded 'faggots' be stripped of their human rights

A Russian actor has caused outrage by saying he wants to ‘burn gay people alive’.

Ivan Okhlobystin, who stars in the Russian version of US medical sitcom ‘Scrubs’, has said he would have all of the LGBTI community in the country killed if it was up to him.

‘I’d put them all alive in the oven…it’s a living danger to my children,’ Okhlobystin said, according to RIA Novosti.

December 9, 2013

In a controversial move, the Kremlin has announced a restricting of the country’s media outlets, putting an anti-gay commentator at the head of the new state-run media conglomerate

Vladimir Putin has appointed Dmitry Kiselyov to head a newly organized state-run media agency.

Sparking controversy for liquidating a radio broadcasting agency, a news agency and the official government newspaper, Putin has also assigned Kiselyov to run what is now being called Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today).

Kiselyov’s appointment comes as a surprise move given the global criticism of Putin over his new law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’.

October 25, 2013

Policemen escaped jail for two years for filming an attempted rape between a man held for being drunk and another detainee

Two Russian cops have been fired and fined for filming ‘gay porn’ with prisoners.

The two videos published online featured a man detained for being drunk several times last year.

RIA Novosti reports how in the first video, the man is seen undressing and asking police to have sex with him.

In the second video, the man attempted to rape another prisoner.

October 25, 2013

Policemen escaped jail for two years for filming an attempted rape between a man held for being drunk and another detainee

Two Russian cops have been fired and fined for filming ‘gay porn’ with prisoners.

The two videos published online featured a man detained for being drunk several times last year.

RIA Novosti reports how in the first video, the man is seen undressing and asking police to have sex with him.

In the second video, the man attempted to rape another prisoner.

October 25, 2013

A record number of Russian LGBTs are seeking asylum in the United States with over 800 applications from Russian citizens during the last 12 months

Russia’s growing climate of intolerance for LGBT people appears to be responsible for a spike in applications for asylum in the United States by Russians.

837 Russians sought asylum in the US during the last 12 months compared to 722 the year before – the most since 2002.

LGBT group Immigration Equality say they have received 99 inquiries from Russian LGBT asylum seekers when they only received 63 inquiries from Russians during the previous 12 months – suggesting LGBT Russians make up a large proportion of the Russians to seek asylum in the US in 2013.

October 16, 2013

Tensions are rising between the Netherlands and Russia after attacks, protests and the first arrests of foreigners under the 'gay propaganda' laws

Two Russian men broke into a Dutch diplomat’s apartment yesterday, beat him, and scrawled a heart and ‘LGBT’ on a mirror in lipstick.

Onno Elderenbosch, an assistant to the Dutch ambassador, was attacked after two men had reportedly shown up posing as electricians.

Pretending to be inspecting an electricity outage, they beat him and trashed his apartment.

Russian tabloid website Life News posted photos of the heart and LGBT tag on the mirror – as well as another photo of the trashed apartment.

July 10, 2013

A Russian lawmaker who has proposed legislation allowing LGBTs to be whipped has said he will establish a group to defend the public against ‘attacks’ by gay people

Controversial Russian politician Alexander Mikhailov has warned that he will establish a group to defend the Russian citizenry from ‘attacks’ by gay people.

The Zabaikalsky region Legislative Assembly member said Tuesday that homosexuals were dangerous people who were active on the internet.

‘None of these people are harmless, and they force us to defend ourselves,’ Mikhailov was quoted as saying by Ria Novosti.

June 15, 2013

Belarus lawmakers deny reports of plans to recriminalize being gay in the country, which have alarmed the local LGBT community

Earlier reports that circulated in Belarus’s media, that plans are afoot in the country's parliament to pass a law that would recriminalize gay sex, were firmly denied.

June 7, 2013

Communist leaders are hoping the glittery singer will go for a dark kaftan, knee-high leather boots and a fut hat at his July gig

Flamboyant gay British singer Elton John may have to lose the glitter and glam for his upcoming performances in Russia, or face the backlash.

The ‘I’m Still Standing’ singer, who will play in the southern city of Krasnodar, could be breaking the anti-gay laws if he wears his usual outfits.

Local Communist party leader Mikhail Abramyan suggests instead of sparkling glasses and feather boas, perhaps ‘more respectable’ traditional Cossack clothes would be better for the concert.

December 18, 2012

Russia’s State Duma will not discuss law banning ‘promotion of homosexuality’ to children until next year

Russia’s State Duma has postponed the first reading of a bill designed to fine people who ‘promote homosexuality’ to children.

The Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, was due to debate the law tomorrow (19 December). But it will now not be discussed until 22 January according to Russian International News Agency, RIA Novosti.

November 29, 2012

Venice, Milan and Turin cut symbolic ties with Russian city over its homosexual 'propaganda' law

Cities in Italy are cancelling their 'twin' status with St Petersburg over anti-gay laws.

While Milan's city hall has already passed a bill with a majority vote, officials in Venice and Turin are in the process of cutting ties with the Russian city which passed legislation that imposes fines for spreading homosexual 'propaganda'.

November 22, 2012

Regional parliament in Russia rules anti-gay 'propaganda' bill conflicts with federal law

Moscow's regional parliament has rejected an anti-gay 'propaganda' bill similar to homophobic laws passed elsewhere in Russia.

The proposed law, which would ban 'non-traditional sexual orientation propaganda to minors', was filed with the Duma on 16 November by the local Council of Municipal Entities.

A Duma spokesman told the RIA Novosti news agency today (22 November) that the legislation 'will not be accepted' because it is in conflict with the country's federal law.

April 20, 2012

Poll in Russia reveals overwhelming support for anti-gay laws despite most people claiming to have never seen 'homosexual propaganda'

While the majority of Russians say they support a ban on 'gay propaganda', few have seen it, a public opinion poll shows.

The All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTsIOM), the country's state-owned and government-run polling agency, found that out of 1,600 respondents, 86% support laws prohibiting public discussion of LGBT issues.

However, the survey also found that only 6% of Russians have actually seen so-called 'propaganda'.