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Russian anti-gay extremist sentenced to five years in penal colony

| Sunday, August 17, 2014
Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich
MOSCOW -- The leader of the Russian anti-gay vigilante group “Occupy Pedophilia,” who is alleged to have lured LGBT youth to abusive encounters through fake social media profiles, was sentenced Friday to five years in a Russian penal colony. Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich was convicted of inciting and fomenting cases of extremism by posting videos on the “Vkontakte” ( ...

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Russian MP says naked Apollo on banknote promotes ‘gay propaganda’

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
A section of a Russian 100-rouble banknote.
A Russian lawmaker wants his country’s Central Bank to change the 100 rouble note and remove naked images of the Greek god Apollo because it violates Russian law by exposing minors to "gay propaganda." "You can see clearly that Apollo is naked, you can see his genitalia," says Member of Parliament Roman Khudyakov.

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British consulates to allow same-sex marriages in Russia, 22 other countries

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office,
Whitehall, London
Same-sex marriages can take place in the British consulates of more than 20 countries where the ceremonies are currently not legal, including in Russia, Azerbaijan, Serbia and Hungary. Britain’s Foreign Office has opened the doors of its missions to British nationals and their partners who wish to wed but are unable to under foreign laws,.

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Moscow police detain two at unsanctioned gay pride demonstration

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

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Moscow bans parade honoring Eurovision drag queen Conchita Wurst

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Conchita Wurst
MOSCOW -- 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.

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Recent upheaval in Ukraine adversely affects country’s LGBT population

| Wednesday, April 30, 2014
BRUSSELS -- New concerns regarding the safety and welfare of LGBTQ people in Ukraine were raised Monday by members of the European Union's Parliament.

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Kyrgyzstan to consider anti-gay law similar to Russia’s gay ‘propaganda’ ban

| Saturday, March 29, 2014
The Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan is considering an anti-gay law that would prohibit its citizens from creating "a positive attitude toward non-traditional sexual relations” among minors, a bill nearly identical to Russia's anti-gay propaganda law.

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On eve of meeting with Pope Francis, Obama lectures Russia on LGBT rights

| Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Pablo Martinez Monsivais,  APPresident Barack Obama in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday again took aim at Russia's anti-gay laws following talks with European Union and NATO leaders on Russia's military-backed annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.

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Obama freezes U.S. assets of 7 Russian officials, including author of anti-gay law

| Monday, March 17, 2014
Yelena Mizulina
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials for their support of Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine, including those of Yelena Mizulina, the Russian Duma (Parliament) Deputy who authored the controversial anti-gay propaganda law last year.

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Russian law enforcement drops hate crime investigation on anti-LGBT attack

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Dmitry Chyzhevsky lost vision in his left eye from injuries sustained in the attack.
ST, PETERSBURG, Russia -- The investigation into a November 2013 attack at a meeting of LGBT rights activists that left a man with the loss of vision in one eye, has been suspended, and will not be investigated as a hate crime.

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