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August 2, 2013

International Olympic Committee had said Winter Olympics 2014 would be a safe zone for LGBT people, but government says otherwise

Russia’s State Duma has confirmed LGBT athletes won’t be exempt from arrest during the Winter Olympics in Sochi under the country’s anti-gay laws.

The federal law prosecutes any person or organization who ‘promotes’ homosexuality to children.

The International Olympic Committee said the Russian government had ‘assured’ them all athletes and spectators will be safe from arrest.

June 18, 2013

Lawmaker says kids adopted by gays are 'seriously traumatized'

The lower house of Russia's parliament on Tuesday (18 June) gave initial approval to a measure that would ban gay people from foreign countries from adopting Russian orphans.

June 11, 2013

State Duma passes 'homosexual propaganda' law unanimously that will see people fined and foreigners deported if they are gay

Russia has passed a law that will see gay people arrested for ‘promoting homosexuality’.

The State Duma has voted unanimously for the ‘propaganda’ law in the second reading today (11 June).

Elena Mizulina represented the bill for 10 minutes where she spoke about the changes that had been made.

Aleksey Mitrofanov, a deputy from the A Just Russia party, was the only one who questioned the bill.

He questioned a proposed amendment where foreigners would be arrested and deported if they were deemed ‘promoting homosexuality’.

March 5, 2013

A 58-year-old murdered a man for calling him gay, and then killed himself in Russia

A 58-year-old man hacked a man to death for calling him gay, and then hanged himself, in Russia.

In a village near the city of Omsk on 3 March, a local man heard loud noises in the night and decided to investigate in the morning.

After the door was locked from the inside, a policeman managed to crack the door open with a shovel, and they discovered the 58-year-old owner had hanged himself.

The officer saw a bloody axe, searched the house, and found a dead body in a closet with severe head wounds.

January 31, 2013

Anton Krasovsky, a founding member of Kontr Tv, leaves his post after speaking against the new law banning the 'propaganda of homosexuality'

A Russian journalist working at Kontr Tv has apparently been forced to leave his post after criticizing a proposed national law against gay 'propaganda'.

The proposed legislation has been debated in the State Duma, the lower chamber of parliament, with most legislators voting in favor of it. It still has to clear other hurdles before it becomes law. It would fine individuals, officials and organizations saying positive things about homosexuality 'to minors'. It's similar to laws already imposed in 10 Russian regions.

January 30, 2013

Italian city's city council voted unanimously to break ties, saying they cannot 'ignore' what is happening in the Russian city

The Italian city of Venice has broken off cultural ties with St Petersburg, because of the Russian city’s anti-gay law.

The city council voted unanimously to refrain from ‘cultural exchanges’ as long as laws known to supposedly prevent ‘homosexual propaganda’ to minors.

It invoked Venice’s ‘history, international prestige and conscience’ in the motion last Monday (28 January).

It states ‘the city of Venice cannot ignore what is happening in the institutions’ and asked officials to communicate the reason for the unilateral action.

December 19, 2012

Radicals push gays and pelt them with eggs as they kiss in protest at plans for a new law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’ in Russia

Gay activists were pushed to the floor and pelted with eggs as they staged a kiss-in protest near the Russian State Duma today against plans for an anti-gay law.

Police broke up the demonstration in sub-zero temperatures and arrested the peaceful kissing protestors.

They were campaigning against a bill which had been due to go to the Duma, the lower house of parliament today (19 December). It would ban people spreading ‘propaganda about homosexuality to minors’.

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.