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February 12, 2014

After singing about getting an Irish red setter and moving to Moscow, all-gay-group Autoheart gets ready for Valentine's Day with a breakup song

As expected, Autoheart's music video released July 2013 showing two men dressed in Russian military uniforms and sharing a steamy kiss caused quite a stir.

The gay musicians behind indie group Autoheart wrote their love song Moscow before Vladimir Putin passed Russia's law banning 'homosexual propaganda,' but they tell Gay Star News they wanted to use their music video to add to the debate on Russia's anti-LGBTI laws.

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’.

August 23, 2013

A coalition of over 100 civil society groups in Canada have called for concrete action against homophobia during the Sochi Winter Olympics from the Canadian government and media, the IOC and the corporate sponsors of the 2014 games

Over 100 Canadian civil society groups have joined forces calling for concrete action in response to Russia’s anti-gay agenda at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

February 1, 2013

UN rights experts advise Russian Duma to scrap bill on ‘homosexuality propaganda’

A group of United Nations independent human rights experts called on Russian lawmakers to scrap the law against ‘homosexual propaganda’.

The group call upon the lower house of the Russian parliament, today (1 Feburary) to drop the bill that imposes severe penalties and which has already been approved by the State Duma.

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.

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.