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Sergei Grits, APBritain's James Woods takes a jump during ski slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

Mums the word – No talk of gay rights in Sochi, please… we’re Olympians

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Olympic competition first, gay rights maybe later. Plenty of athletes made clear before traveling to Sochi how unhappy they were about gay rights being curtailed in Russia, particularly with its law banning gay "propaganda." But now in Sochi, there has not been a squeak of public protest from the 2,870 Olympians - either at venues or at Friday's opening ceremony. [ Read more → ]
Alexei Nikolsky, RIA-Novosti  (Presidential Press Service)Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Asia leaders join Sochi, not put off by Russia’s human rights record

Saturday, February 8, 2014
When top Western leaders decided to stay away from Russian President Vladimir Putin's Winter Olympics, he wasn't exactly left friendless: he has the heads of leading Asian nations and others to help show the world that not everyone is put off by his human rights record and the anti-gay law he championed. [ Read more → ]
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The Olympics: Why I’m Tuning Out

Friday, February 7, 2014
For months, President Vladimir Putin and leaders of the International Olympic Committee have been dismissing world concerns over Russia’s anti-gay laws and violence with assurances that LGBT athletes and spectators will be safe in Sochi. They’ve offered no such peace of mind to LGBT Russians, who won’t have the luxury of leaving the host country after the Olympics are over. Behind the facade of a nation sanitized for TV, gay Russians have become prey to hate-filled fellow citizens who call their anti-gay hunts “safaris.” I refuse to be one more TV viewer... [ Read more → ]
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Berlin advocacy group lights ‘Rainbow Flame’ in solidarity with LGBT Russians

Friday, February 7, 2014
BERLIN -- Gay rights activists in Berlin on Friday cheered and waved placards reading "Stop Homophobia" at the lighting of an Olympic-style '"Rainbow Flame" that will burn for the next 16 days while the Winter Olympic games takes place in Sochi, Russia. [ Read more → ]
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Russia kicks off Sochi Games with hope and hubris

Friday, February 7, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — A Russia in search of global vindication kicked off the Sochi Olympics looking more like a Russia that likes to party, with a pulse-raising opening ceremony about fun and sports instead of terrorism, coddling despots and gay rights. [ Read more → ]
Yuri TimofeevGay rights activist are arrested in Moscow on Friday.

Gay rights activists arrested in separate incidents in Moscow, St. Petersburg

Friday, February 7, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Russian police arrested several gay rights activists protesting in St. Petersburg and Moscow on the opening day of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. [ Read more → ]
Mark Humphrey, APRussian duo t.A.T.u. Lena Katina, third from left, and Yulia Volkova, second from left, perform on stage before the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

Pseudo-lesbian pop duo awaits viewers of Sochi Olympics opening

Friday, February 7, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- The pseudo-lesbian Russian pop duo t.A.T.u. is performing at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics, with a song about two schoolgirls in love. [ Read more → ]
Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service, RIA Novosti (AP)Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speak during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

Putin: Sports should be focus of Sochi Olympics, not debate over gay rights

Friday, February 7, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — Russian President Vladimir Putin says sports should take center stage during the Winter Olympics and not debate over gay rights. [ Read more → ]
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Four gay rights activists arrested in Russia during Olympics protest

Friday, February 7, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Russian police have arrested four gay rights activists protesting in St. Petersburg on the opening day of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. [ Read more → ]
Morry Gash, APMembers of a Russian honor guard raise an Olympic flag during a welcoming ceremony at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

Sochi’s opening show: Let Putin’s games begin

Friday, February 7, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — It's designed to celebrate a millennium of Russian might and this country's modern rebound, and kick off two weeks of extraordinary human endeavors and planetary sportsmanship. But the ceremony opening the Sochi Olympics on Friday, more than anything, will be about one man: Vladimir Putin. [ Read more → ]
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Obama: Sending openly gay athletes to Sochi was a ‘very clear’ message

Friday, February 7, 2014
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Thursday that he had included openly gay athletes in the U.S. Olympic delegation to send a message to Russia that the U.S. would not conform to discrimination in sports or anywhere else. [ Read more → ]
Pavel Golovkin, APThe Olympic Cauldron, left, is lit during a test between the Bolshoy Ice Dome, top, and the Iceberg Skating Palace, foreground, early Thursday morning, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia, prior to the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Olympic viewing: Off-ice issues, terror threats, LGBT rights jump to forefront

Thursday, February 6, 2014
A day before athletes begin filing in to Sochi's Fisht Stadium for Friday's opening ceremony, NBC is already being tested on how it will cover the two biggest non-sports issues of the Winter Olympics. [ Read more → ]
Queer nationQueer nation activists protest outside the Russian consulate in New York City on Thursday.

Gay rights activists protest outside NYC Russian consulate

Thursday, February 6, 2014
NEW YORK -- More than 100 members of the gay activist group Queer Nation and others who oppose the Russian government’s continued attacks on human rights, including the rights of LGBT Russians, marked the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games with a raucous protest directly in front of the Russian consulate in New York City at noon today. [ Read more → ]
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Russia reverses decision to punish school girl for ‘gay propaganda’

Thursday, February 6, 2014
BRYANSK, Russia -- A Russian Juvenile Commission in the city of Bryansk has reversed its decision to discipline a 14-year-old schoolgirl accused of engaging in "propaganda" of non-traditional sexual relations. [ Read more → ]
Alexander Zemlianichenko, APIn this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 file photo a Russian gay rights activist walks along a police line during a rally at a Moscow boulevard.

How Russia enforces its ban on gay ‘propaganda’

Thursday, February 6, 2014
MOSCOW -- When the Sochi Winter Olympics begin Friday, many will be watching to see whether Russia will enforce its law banning gay "propaganda" to minors if athletes, fans or activists wave rainbow flags or speak out in protest. The message so far has been confusing. [ Read more → ]
Kostas Tsironis, APRussian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak at a handover ceremony of the Olympic Flame in Athens' Panathinaiko Stadium, on  Oct. 5, 2013.

Russian deputy PM on gay rights in Sochi: ‘Leave the kids alone’

Thursday, February 6, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- Russia's deputy prime minister has confirmed the Kremlin's view on gay rights in Sochi, asking athletes to "leave the kids alone." [ Read more → ]
David Goldman, APUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moo, addresses the IOC general assembly ahead of the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. It was the first time a U.N. secretary-general delivered a keynote address to the IOC's general assembly.

At IOC assembly, UN chief condemns attacks, discrimination against gays

Thursday, February 6, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned attacks and discrimination against homosexuals on Thursday, touching on the gay rights issue in Russia that has overshadowed preparations for the Sochi Olympics. [ Read more → ]
Dmitry Lovetsky,  APCross country skiers pass by the Olympic rings prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

LGBT viewers guide to the Olympics: Tensions high for spectators, athletes

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Tensions are high as the 2014 Winter Olympics prepares to get underway Thursday with figure skating and skiing events and then with the globally televised opening ceremony Friday. While there is a tremendous amount of anxiety over the possibility of a terrorist attack against the Games in Sochi, Russia, there is also considerable uncertainty around who might protest the country’s new anti-gay laws and how and when they might do so. [ Read more → ]
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WATCH: British TV documentary reports on brutal attacks on LGBT Russians

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
LONDON – Just days ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, a new documentary airing Wednesday on Britain's Channel 4 sheds new light on the violent, homophobic attacks on LGBT Russians. [ Read more → ]
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UN committee on children’s rights urges Russia to repeal gay ‘propaganda’ law

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
GENEVA -- A U.N. committee on children's rights urged Russia on Wednesday to repeal its law banning pro-gay "propaganda" that could be accessible to minors, arguing that the legislation encourages discrimination and even violence. [ Read more → ]
Elena Ignatyeva, APA gay rights activist holds a banner in front of a large clock showing the number of days left until the start of the Olympic games as a police officer approaches, left, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Russian gay rights activists protested the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi. Two activists unfurled banners reading “Berlin 1936 = Sochi 2014,” referring to the Olympic Games that were held in the capital of Nazi Germany.

More Olympic-linked furor over Russia’s anti-gay law ahead of Sochi games

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Protesters in cities around the world targeted major Olympic sponsors Wednesday, just ahead of the Winter Games in Sochi, urging them to speak out against Russia's law restricting gay-rights activities. Two more sponsors of the U.S. Olympic team condemned the law, but leading global sponsors did not join them. [ Read more → ]
Bent Hoie (left) and his husband, Dag Terje Solvang.

Norway’s Health Minister to take husband to Paralympics in Sochi

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
OSLO -- Norway's most high-profile openly gay politician will attend the Paralympic Games in Russia with his husband, despite the controversy surrounding Russia's anti-gay propaganda law. [ Read more → ]
David Goldman, APRussian President Vladimir Putin, right, greets International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach at an event welcoming IOC members ahead of the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics at the Rus Hotel, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

Olympic chief slams world leaders for using Sochi games as ‘political’ platform

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach accused world leaders Tuesday of using the Sochi Olympics as a political platform "on the backs of the athletes," and of snubbing the games without even being invited. [ Read more → ]
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AT&T becomes first U.S. corporation to condemn Russian anti-gay law

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
AT&T, a long-time sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Committee, on Tuesday became the first major U.S. corporation to make a public statement condemning anti-LGBT Russian law outlawing “homosexual propaganda.” [ Read more → ]
Dmitry Lovetsky, APIn this June 29, 2013 photo, riot police (OMON) guard gay rights activists who have been beaten by anti-gay protesters during an authorized gay rights rally in St.Petersburg, Russia.

Human Rights Watch video documents increased violence against LGBT Russians

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
NEW YORK -- The advocacy group Human Rights Watch released a video Tuesday documenting the increased violence against LGBTQ Russians. [ Read more → ]
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