The Kremlin made the announcement following a summit of the two countries last week.
Though antigay opponents have attempted to shut it down, through fear, intimidation, and protest the Side by Side LGBT film festival continues in St. Petersburg.
An advocacy organization has released the first in a series of videos that draws attention to the plight faced by LGBT Russians.
The Russian president told local lawmakers that society should 'not create any xenophobia' against LGBT people, despite the law he passed that basically criminalizes any positive mention of LGBT identities.
A so-called exposé that aired on Russian television this week reveals that government officials recorded private conversations between LGBT activists and international human rights organizations in October.
A story about a teacher who was fired for being gay drew the attention of media regulators.
Twelve senators question the International Olympic Committee on its reaction to Olympics host Russia's antigay law.
Out MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts strolled through Moscow with Anton Krasovsky, a fellow gay journalist who was fired for coming out on the air on his Kremlin-backed network earlier this year.