Russian gay activists say IOC chief refused meeting
olympics / russia

Russian gay activists say IOC chief refused meeting

Mikhail Klimentyev, RIA Novosti/AP (Pool) Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to newly appointed IOC President Thomas Bach, center, during the opening ceremony of a railway station in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi, Monday. MOSCOW (AP) — Russian gay activists say the new president of the International Olympic Committee refused to meet with them while … Continue reading

Putin gives assurances on Sochi
homophobia / olympics / russia

Putin gives assurances on Sochi

Alexander Zemlianichenko, AP (Pool) Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach meet at the Bocharov Ruchei residence at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia on Monday. SOCHI, Russia — Russian President Vladimir Putin promised Monday that gay athletes and guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will feel at ease, seeking to … Continue reading

Stoli vodka boycott had “minimal impact”
business / homophobia / latvia / russia

Stoli vodka boycott had “minimal impact”

A senior SPI Group exec has claimed a boycott of its Stolichnaya vodka brand by the gay community because of its Russian connections had “minimal” impact. Speaking to just-drinks, SPI’s CMO Marco Ferrari said some US accounts stopped selling Stolichnaya but that the protest – a retaliation against anti-homosexual legislation in Russia – “didn’t really get any … Continue reading