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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

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Russian newspaper reports Snowden discussed his flight plans with consulate in Hong Kong prior to departure, despite Putin claims his arrival was 'complete surprise'

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London comic Chris Coltrane held up a photo of Putin’s naked torso and joked that if the Russian President wanted to stop the promotion of homosexuality 'maybe he should stop posing for photos like this'

Edinburgh Fringe performers stage 'comedy protest' against Russian homosexuality laws outside consulate in Scotland

Semi-naked photos of Vladimir Putin and a blast of Tchaikovsky played on an iPad formed parts of comedy protest against homophobia in Russia, staged outside the Russian Consulate General in Edinburgh today.

Rupert Everett has joined the campaign calling for a boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics

Rupert Everett backs Sochi Winter Olympics boycott over anti-gay laws

Rupert Everett has joined the campaign calling for a boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics in response to Russia’s anti-gay laws, describing the country’s attitude to homosexuality as “very cruel”.

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Protests outside Downing Street, as David Cameron rejects Stephen Fry's call for a ban on Russia hosting the Winter Olympics

QI presenter - likened Putin's anti-gay laws to Nazi discrimination - prostested outside Downing Street

President Obama walks out at the end of his news conference at the White House

US fugitive Edward Snowden has provoked Russia crisis says Barack Obama as he announces proposals to reform controversial surveillance operations

President pledges more open surveillance and says whistleblower has provoked Russia crisis

On my own: Vladimir Putin walks alone through the streets of St Petersburg

Russian President Vladimir Putin cut a lonely figure today after he was spotted wandering by himself through the streets of St Petersburg.

IOC president Jacques Rogge

'No discrimination against gay athletes': Olympic chief Jacques Rogge joins growing clamour over winter Games in Russia

Head of the International Olympic Committee said he was waiting for further clarification despite receiving Kremlin reassurances

A snub by President Obama, yes – but this is hardly a return to the Cold War

President Putin is damned if he decides to grant Edward Snowden asylum and damned if he doesn’t

A gay rights activist in St. Petersburg last week

Coalition of international figures urge IOC to strip Russia of Winter Olympics unless homophobic laws are repealed

Sportsmen, actors and politicians condemn Russian authorities for stoking up gay hatred as Stephen Fry likens Sochi Games to those held in Berlin under Nazi Germany

Sentence cut for jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Russia's highest court has reduced 11-year prison terms for jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner - by two months.

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