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Sochi

Civil Rights

Pussy Riot Arrested Again After Russian Court Hands Down Harsh Protest Sentences

by David Badash ● 12:18 PM February 24, 2014
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Two members of the Russian feminist punk rock activist group Pussy Riot were again arrested today, just hours after the official end of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Celebrities

Here’s Pussy Riot’s New Anti-Putin Video With Four Words In English: ‘Gay Pride A Problem’

by David Badash ● 10:12 AM February 21, 2014
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Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk rock activist group whom Vladimir Putin jailed for almost two years, and then released in December, have been making big headlines this week.

2014 Winter Olympics

Not Performance Art: Actual Cossacks Horsewhip, Pepper Spray Pussy Riot (Video)

by David Badash ● 1:45 PM February 19, 2014
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Members of the Russian feminist punk rock activist group Pussy Riot today were on the scene in Sochi, preparing to perform, when actual Cossacks came up and horsewhipped, beat, and pepper-sprayed them.

Civil Rights

Breaking: ‘We Were Beaten’ By Russian Police Says Pussy Riot Member Upon Release (Video)

by David Badash ● 11:55 AM February 18, 2014
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One of the members of the feminist Russian punk rock protest group Pussy Riot says they were beaten by police in Russia in jail today after refusing to speak without a lawyer present.

Bigotry Watch

Putin Gives Award To Top Russian Journalist Who Said Hearts of Gays Unsuitable For Life

by David Badash ● 9:26 AM February 18, 2014
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President Vladimir Putin has given Russia’s second-highest award to a top journalist who sparked international outrage last year.

News

Pussy Riot Members Arrested By Russian National Police In Sochi

by David Badash ● 8:15 AM February 18, 2014
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Two members of the internationally-famous band Pussy Riot were arrested in Sochi by Russian National police today.

2014 Winter Olympics

Nearly Three Out of Four In Russia Believe Homosexuality ‘Morally Unacceptable’

by Casey Michel ● 4:13 PM February 12, 2014
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The vast majority of Russians think homosexuality is worse than abortion or pre-marital sex.

2014 Winter Olympics

Out and Proud Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz Takes Silver

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:57 AM February 12, 2014
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A second LGBT athlete has medalled in Sochi. Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz took silver in the Olympics’ first ever Women’s Ski Jump.

2014 Winter Olympics

Russia Blocks Website of Canadian Bobsledder Who Posed In His Underwear

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:03 PM February 8, 2014
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The Canadian bobsledder who tweeted a photo of his team weighing in wearing nothing but their undies, has found the Russians have blocked his website.

2014 Winter Olympics

Chevrolet Makes Statement By Featuring First Same-Sex Couples In Olympics Ads

by David Badash ● 9:10 AM February 8, 2014
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Chevrolet made a big statement last night by airing the first-ever ads during the Olympics to include same-sex couples and families.

2014 Winter Olympics

Arrested LGBT Activists In Russia: ‘Cops Beat Us, Said We Have To Suck Their Cocks’

by David Badash ● 6:56 PM February 7, 2014
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Today, the day of the opening of the Olympic Games, LGBT activists in Moscow today were taken to a local police station, where, they say, some were beaten and threatened with both sexual assault and acts of physical violence.

2014 Winter Olympics

Sochi Olympics Day One: Russian Police Arrest More Than A Dozen LGBT Activists

by David Badash ● 2:57 PM February 7, 2014
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On day one, Russian police have already arrested more than a dozen LGBT protestors who were doing little more than unfurling a banner or singing the Russian national anthem.

2014 Winter Olympics

Look: Sochi Olympics Logo Comes Up One Ring Short

by David Badash ● 12:29 PM February 7, 2014
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Today, as the Games officially began, the iconic Olympic logo malfunctioned, displaying just four lit rings, instead of five.

2014 Winter Olympics

Google Doodle Goes Rainbow Pride Gay, Quotes Olympic Anti-Discrimination Principles

by David Badash ● 7:43 PM February 6, 2014
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Google is jumping — head and heart first — into the international LGBT civil rights controversy surrounding the Sochi Winter Olympics.