Topics :: Russia

Putin to ’Improve’ Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws?

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Jun 25, 2014
While Russian President Vladimir Putin was visiting Vienna this week, he said he will look into the country’s highly controversial anti-gay laws and "improve" them in the future.

Kyrgyzstan Comes Closer to Passing ’Homosexual Propaganda’ Bill

By Jason St. Amand | Friday Jun 20, 2014
A bill that mirrors Russia’s highly controversial "homosexual propaganda" law inches closer to becoming a reality in Kyrgyzstan as the Central Asian country’s human rights committee approved the measure this week.

St. Petersburg Repeals ’Homosexual Propaganda’ Law

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Jun 18, 2014
Lawmakers in St. Petersburg, Russia, repealed the city’s highly controversial "gay propaganda" law this week.

Gay Couples Can Marry in Russia, Other Countries in British Consulate

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Jun 4, 2014
Same-sex marriages can now take place in the British consulates of 23 countries around the world, including nations where gay marriage isn’t legal, like Russia, Serbia, Hungary and Azerbaijan. The marriages, however, won’t be recognized under foreign law.

Moscow Police Detain 2 at Gay Pride Demonstration

Saturday May 31, 2014
Police in the Russian capital have detained two protesters who were holding an unsanctioned gay pride demonstration.

Troubled Russian Gay Club to Reopen in New Location

By Jason St. Amand | Thursday May 29, 2014
The owners of a popular gay nightclub once located in Moscow, Russia, announced this week they will reopen the venue in a new location after closing in March due to a series of attacks on patrons and the establishment.

Russian College Students Kidnap Gay Man at Gunpoint via Social Media

By Jason St. Amand | Thursday May 29, 2014
Five college students from Russia allegedly kidnapped a 25-year-old gay man at gunpoint after luring him by using a dating website.

Moscow Bans Parade Honoring Eurovision Drag Queen

Thursday May 15, 2014
Moscow authorities have turned down gay activists’ application to hold a parade honoring drag queen Conchita Wurst, winner of this year’s Eurovision song contest.

Russia Approves Official Gay Rights Protest

By Winnie McCroy | Friday May 9, 2014
For the first time since enacting their federal anti-gay laws last summer, officials in Russia have agreed to allow gay rights activists to hold a protest.

Putin to Potty Mouths: ’No Cuss Words in Russian Media’

By Bobby McGuire | Thursday May 8, 2014
A warning to all potty mouths: a new law, signed off Monday by Russian President Vladimir Putin, bans all swearing in film, TV, live theater, media and cultural events in the country.