Obama, Biden Won't Be at Olympics
December 17 2013 7:34 PM ET

Obama, Biden Won't Be at Olympics

Trudy Ring

In a move interpreted as a protest of Russia's antigay laws, neither the president, the vice president, nor their wives will be in the U.S. delegations to Sochi, but some out athletes will.

Russian Toy Store Under Fire for Selling Gay Propaganda Game
December 17 2013 3:35 PM ET

Russian Toy Store Under Fire for Selling Gay Propaganda Game

Daniel Reynolds

A Russian toy store chain may have violated the country's so-called gay propaganda ban by selling a controversial game.

Attackers Dismantle Roof of Moscow Gay Club
December 16 2013 8:14 PM ET

Attackers Dismantle Roof of Moscow Gay Club

Trudy Ring

It's the latest in a series of attacks on Central Station, Moscow's largest gay nightclub.

Is French President Boycotting Sochi Olympics?
December 16 2013 1:10 PM ET

Is French President Boycotting Sochi Olympics?

Sunnivie Brydum

A foreign minister announced that none of France's top officials will be in attendance at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Defending Anti-LGBT Laws
December 12 2013 3:00 PM ET

Putin Slams 'Genderless, Fruitless Tolerance'

Sunnivie Brydum

The Russian president used his annual address to laud the nation as a defender of 'traditional values' and as a force of peace and morality.

Russia Expert to Offer Political Commentary During Olympics
December 10 2013 8:56 PM ET

Russia Expert to Offer Political Commentary During Olympics

Trudy Ring

In NBC's Olympics coverage, journalist and historian David Remnick will likely touch on the situation of LGBT Russians under the nation's 'gay propaganda' law.

Putin Tightens Grip on Kremlin-Run News Agencies
December 09 2013 4:02 PM ET

Putin Tightens Grip on Kremlin-Run News Agencies

Sunnivie Brydum

After dissolving one of the nation's oldest state-run news agencies, Russian president Vladimir Putin appointed a well-known, violently homophobic news anchor to lead the new media group.

German President Will Boycott Sochi Olympics
December 08 2013 4:16 PM ET

German President Will Boycott Sochi Olympics

Sunnivie Brydum

Joachim Gauck, who holds the mostly ceremonial title of President, is among the first major politicians to boycott the 2014 Olympics over host country Russia's human rights violations.

WATCH: Elton John Slams 'Inhumane, Isolating' Anti-LGBT Laws In Russia
December 06 2013 9:40 PM ET

WATCH: Elton John Takes Stage in Russia, Doesn't Hold Back

Sunnivie Brydum

The out musician also dedicated his Moscow performance to a 23-year-old gay Russian who was brutally murdered after coming out to his friends earlier this year.

New York Officials Demand Olympic Sponsors Take Action
December 05 2013 4:39 PM ET

New York Officials Demand Olympic Sponsors Take Action

Michael Regula

New York's comptroller sent a letter demanding major Olympic sponsors take action against Russia's LGBT oppression.

Russia's High Court Declares 'Gay Propaganda' Ban Constitutional
December 04 2013 3:22 PM ET

Russia's High Court: 'Gay Propaganda' Ban Is Constitutional

Sunnivie Brydum

Russia's Constitutional Court dismissed a challenge from one of the nation's most prominent LGBT activists contending that the nationwide ban on so-called gay propaganda violated the Russian Constitution.

Russia Makes Mad Magazine's List of 20 Dumbest Things
December 03 2013 6:01 PM ET

Russia Makes Mad Magazine's List of 20 Dumbest Things

Jase Peeples

Mad magazine's year-end '20 Dumbest People, Events, and Things' issue includes Russia among the worst of 2013 for the country’s appalling treatment of LGBT people.

Gay Ukranian 'X-Factor' Contestant Accuses Russian Neo-Nazis in Attack
December 03 2013 3:21 PM ET

X Factor's Gay Contestant IDs Russian Neo-Nazis

Sunnivie Brydum

Alexander Bohun, a 24-year-old gay man from Ukraine, was lured into a homophobic attack by a group of Russian nationalists calling themselves Occupy Pedophilia.

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