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When Maria Miller travels to Sochi next week, she must seize the opportunity to raise the issue of LGBT rights with Russian officials

Alexander Kargaltsev's protest image, titled 'Alexander Kargaltsev vs Darya Zhukova'

Russian artist publishes 'gay chair' in protest against Dasha Zhukova photograph

The image was taken as a protest against Russia's 'racism and homophobia'

Ellie Goulding has refused to sing at the Sochi Winter Olympics due to Russia's anti-gay laws

Ellie Goulding boycotts Putin over anti-gay laws

The singer turned down a request to sing at the Sochi opening ceremony

Policemen walk at the Olympic Park in the Adler district of Sochi 18 January, 2014. UK officials are warning more terrorist attacks are “very likely to occur” in Russia either before or during the Olympics.

Sochi Winter Olympics: UK warns terrorist attacks are 'very likely' to occur

Whitehall officials have warned attacks could occur during the Games

Lush often uses its front windows to campaign against social injustice

Cosmetics chain Lush stands up for gay rights in run up to Sochi Winter Olympics

As the Sochi games approach, Lush stores around the world will be running a Valentine’s campaign in defence of equal love

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Igor Lavrov, a Russian team handball player and Olympic champion, lights Olympic flame during the Olympic torch relay in Stavropol
Edward Snowden said that he will not be able to return to the US while 'there's no chance to have a fair trial'

Edward Snowden US return: Government hints at possible plea bargain to see fugitive NSA contractor come back from Russia

But the whistleblower says he cannot go home when there’s ‘no chance to have a fair trial’

John Boehner: 'I won't give up red wine and cigarettes to run for President'

Republican politician won't give up his lifestyle to run for the White House

Eye spy: Chris Pine and Keira Knightley in 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit'

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, film review: A thriller reboot so old-school we can still boo the Russians

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Janna Bullock, who sold property in Moscow, New York and London, is a society figure in Manhattan

French court orders Alexey Kuznetsov to be extradited to Russia facing criminal charges

Russian authorities issue international warrant for socialite Janna Bullock

Vladmir Putin made the revelation during a televised interview special with Andrew Marr ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics next month

Sir Elton John offers to introduce Vladimir Putin to Russia’s gay community

The singer's statement follows the Russian President's call for gay tourists visiting the country during Sochi 2014 to "leave the children in peace"

A police leaflet in a Sochi hotel shows Ruzanna Ibragimova, claiming she is a potential suicide bomber in the city

Winter Olympics 2014: Race to find Sochi 'bomber' casts chill over Sochi Games

Olympic committees in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia and the UK have received messages threatening their delegations, although officials dismissed them as unfounded

Snowden's web-centric life brings him into alignment with those Luddites who assume the worst of any innovation

'I'm not a spy': Snowden dimisses allegations that he is working for Russia as 'absurd'

Whistleblower also acknowledged that he might  "end up disgraced in a ditch somewhere," saying "[if] it helps the country, it will still be worth it.”

Dutch brass band to play gay anthem YMCA at Sochi Winter Olympics

Kleintje Pils say the performance will be a 'signal'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during press conference in Moscow on 17 January 2014. He has since called the UN's withdrawal of its invitation to the Syrian peace talks to Iran

Syria peace talks: Russian Foreign Minster says withdrawing Iran's invitation is 'a mistake, but not a catastrophe'

His words come after the UN offered Iran a place at Wednesday's meetings on Sunday, which had been withdrawn by Monday

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