Russia

  • 15 Countries Condemn Russia’s Lack of Response to 2017 Homophobic Purge

    Human rights groups raised a red flag in Chechnya last year when authorities were arresting, torturing and executing gay people, but Russia’s government refused to intervene, leaving 15 members of theOrganization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE) unhappy.

  • 2 Members of Punk Art Collective 'Pussy Riot' Held in Sochi

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A member of the punk group Pussy Riot said she and one of her bandmates were detained Tuesday while walking in downtown Sochi, the host city of the Winter Olympics.

  • 25 LGBT Activists Arrested in Russia Over Pride

    City authorities in St. Petersburg, Russia dismissed community requests to have a pride parade, so 60 LGBT activists rallied together instead. Nearly half of them were arrested.

  • Activists Sneak Pride into Russia

    Six activists made Moscow a little gayer using some creativity.

    The activists from Spain, The Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia joined together using soccer shirts, standing side-by-side in the color of the pride flag to protest Russia’s “homosexual propaganda” ban.

    “Unfortunately, 40 years later, there are still countries in which homosexuality is persecuted, sometimes even by jail sentences, and in which the rainbow flag is forbidden. Russia is one of these countries,” the activists said through their “The Hidden Flag” project page.

    “Because of this, we have taken advantage of the fact the country is hosting the World Cup at the same time as Pride Month, to denounce their behaviour and take the rainbow flag to the streets of Russia.”

    The group took multiple photos throughout the city of Moscow — even posed beside Russian police.

    “Yes, in the plain light of day, in front of the Russian authorities, Russian society and the whole world, we wave the flag with pride.”

    The 2013 propaganda ban stopped distribution of LGBT material to minors.

  • Anti-LGBT Lawmaker Tried To Shut Down Russian LGBT Film Festival

    Vitaly Milonov is known for Russia’s ban on “gay propaganda.” The latest event he deemed as a violation of the law was the opening night of Russia’s only LGBT film festival, called Side By Side.

  • Attorney Compares Kansas Sperm Donor's Plight, Gay Marriage

    TOPEKA, Kan. - A Kansas sperm donor's battle to avoid being declared the legal father of a same-sex couple's child has some similarities to the fight for gay marriage, the man's attorney argued in court filings.

  • Biden Links Russia's Anti-Gay Laws To Incursion Into Ukraine

    Vice President Joe Biden

    (CNN) -- Russia's "gay propaganda" law that makes it illegal to tell children about gay rights is linked to the nation's takeover of Ukraine's Crimea, Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday night.

  • Brian Boitano Releases Statement On Olympic Delegation

    The following statement by Brian Boitano was released via Keith Sherman & Associates Public Relations:

    I am currently skating in Europe but want to provide a statement regarding my appointment to the Olympic delegation. I have been fortunate to represent the United States of America in three different Olympics, and now I am honored to be part of the presidential delegation to the Olympics in Sochi. It has been my experience from competing around the world and in Russia that Olympic athletes can come together in friendship, peace and mutual respect regardless of their individual country's practices.
     
    It is my desire to be defined by my achievements and my contributions. While I am proud to play a public role in representing the American Olympic Delegation as a former Olympic athlete, I have always reserved my private life for my family and friends and will continue to do so. I am many things: a son, a brother, and uncle, a friend, an athlete, a cook, an author, and being gay is just one part of who I am. First and foremost I am an American athlete and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance. As an athlete, I hope we can remain focused on the Olympic spirit which celebrates achievement in sport by peoples of all nations.
  • Chechen President: Gays Are Foreign Agents

    Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen President, maintains there were no gays in his country.

  • Chris Pine Criticizes Russia's Anti-Gay Law

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Chris Pine says the U.S. should have done more in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics to protest Russia's anti-gay legislation, which he calls "clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense."

  • Complex Russian Amnesty Bill Passes First Hurdle

    MOSCOW — The Russian parliament on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to an amnesty that could pardon jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot, in what appeared to be legislation carefully tailored to send a symbolic message to the West before the showcase Winter Games.

  • Confident Putin Frees Foes Ahead of Sochi Olympics

    (CNN) -- Less than two months before the world focuses on Russia for the Sochi Olympics, President Vladimir Putin is handing out "get out of jail free" cards.

  • Danger in Sochi, and an Olympics on Edge

    The countdown to Sochi was supposed be joyous, a celebration of all things Russian and the Olympics, too.

  • Demonstrators Commemorate Slain Russian LGBT Activist

    (AP) ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Dozens of demonstrators have held solo pickets in St. Petersburg to commemorate a political and LGBT rights activist who was killed over the weekend.

  • Did Putin Call Elton John? Singer Says Yes, Kremlin Says No

    Elton John said Tuesday that Vladimir Putin phoned him after the musician requested a meeting to discuss Russia's anti-gay environment - but Putin's spokesman denied the report.

  • Electoral College Members Request Russia Briefing Before Vote

    Nine Democrats and one Republican in the Electoral College sent a request to James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, asking for information on the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to Pink News

  • Elton John Challenges New Russian Anti-Gay Law

    NEW YORK (AP) — Entertainer-songwriter Elton John is declaring his support of the Russian people, and he says they still accept him despite that country's harsh new anti-gay law.

  • Elton John: Putin Called After I Asked to Meet On Gay Rights

    LONDON (AP) — Elton John says Vladimir Putin has phoned him, after the musician requested a meeting to discuss Russia’s anti-gay environment.

  • European Court: Russia's Ban On LGBT Rallies Violates Rights

    (AP) The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that a ban on LGBT rallies in Russia violates the human rights of those wishing to march.

  • Fayetteville, Arkansas LGBT Protections Face Legal Fight Now

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Opponents of a northwest Arkansas city's ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity say they'll continue challenging the legality of the measure after it was ratified by voters.