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Calvin Klein ad accused of breaking ‘gay propaganda’ law in Russia

Calvin Klein ad accused of breaking ‘gay propaganda’ law in Russia

The new ad for the perfume CK2, which features two opposite-sex and two same-sex couples, has been reported to the authorities for containing ‘elements of propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia’. Complaints have been made to authorities in Arkhangelsk after someone watched the advert on YouTube. Arkhangelsk authorities have announced they are investigating to see whether it has broken the law.…
Russia will decide on banning people from coming out as gay next week

Russia will decide on banning people from coming out as gay next week

Russia’s State Duma will decide on whether to ban people from coming out as gay next week on 19 January. Two senior Russian Communist MPs Ivan Nikitchuk and Nikolai Arefyev have presented a bill calling for people who come out as LGBTI to serve up to 15 days behind bars. Any public displays of affection among gay men will result…
Sir Elton John and Vladimir Putin planning to fix a date to discuss LGBT rights

Sir Elton John and Vladimir Putin planning to fix a date to discuss LGBT rights

Sir Elton John has confirmed he is planning to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to open a dialogue on LGBT rights. The veteran singer, who has a large following in Russia, fell victim to a hoax earlier this year when he asked President Putin to meet with him to discuss his country’s ‘gay propaganda’ law and persecution of LGBT people. After…
Madonna: I’ll never perform in Russia again

Madonna: I’ll never perform in Russia again

The singer made the comments in an interview to promote her upcoming tour, which begins in September. The tour will involve concerts in 35 cities across North America, Europe and Australia. However, the singer has stated that Russia will not be on that list, reports The Moscow Times. “I won’t appear in Moscow or St Petersburg anymore, because I don’t want…
Russia wants to ban gay emojis

Russia wants to ban gay emojis

Following attempts to ban shirtless men, Game of Thrones and even transgender people from driving, Russia is now considering a ban on gay emojis. State media regulator Roskomnadzor has written a letter to the youth wing of the ruling United Russia party, calling for an investigation into gay emojis on social media. Roskomnadzor claimed the emojis that Apple unveiled in April were part of the ‘spread on social media of…
Pride flags fly during Russia’s Eurovision semi-final performance

Pride flags fly during Russia’s Eurovision semi-final performance

Pride flags flew clearly and proudly during Russia's Eurovision semi-final performance. Polina Gagarina, the Russian act for this yearly camp song contest held in Vienna, Austria, sang A Million Voices. At one point during the performance, the audience were shown and all you could see were rainbow flags. People were pretty happy about it. 'Loving all the gay flags during…
Pussy Riot arrested in Sochi after gay rights protest

Pussy Riot arrested in Sochi after gay rights protest

Two members of the protest group Pussy say they have been arrested in Sochi after a gay rights protest. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were freed after two years in jail in December, have claimed they had been detained on accusation of committing a crime. ‘We have been arrested ... and are accused of robbery,’ Tolokonnikova wrote on her…
Russia calls horrific gay attacks ‘no worse than UK’s treatment of gingers’

Russia calls horrific gay attacks ‘no worse than UK’s treatment of gingers’

Officials in the Russian embassy in London are furious over a recent UK documentary exposing the homophobic attacks in Russia. In response, they have labelled the Channel 4 film Hunted ‘slander’, ‘hate propaganda’ and they could have easily created a documentary about the UK hunting down redheads. ‘Hunted’, screened last week before the Sochi Winter Olympics, has been described as…
Live And Let Love, Sweden Campaign, Shows Support For LGBT Russians

Live And Let Love, Sweden Campaign, Shows Support For LGBT Russians

Last October, 2,000 Swedes gathered in the Olympic Stadium of Stockholm to sing the Russian national anthem in a statement of solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Russians. Called "Live and Let Love," the final video of the event is now here and just in time for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. "For many Russians the song has been…

Pussy Riot member says her prison release is Putin ‘PR stunt’

A member of Russian anti-Putin group Pussy Riot has been released early from prison. In telephone interviews, she reportedly criticized Putin’s amnesty law, saying: ‘I don't think the amnesty is a humanitarian act, I think it's a PR stunt.’ The band members were scheduled to be released in March 2014, but a newly signed amnesty law from Putin granted early…