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News from within the borders of Russia and the fight for LGBT equality there. The country's president, Vladimir Putin, ignited an international firestorm in the summer after signing the so-called gay propaganda law, which prohibits positive depictions of LGBT people in the Russian media. Russia is a country in southern Eurasia. It is also the world's largest country, although it ranks eighth most populous. Russia has a rich cultural heritage, and has contributed such figures as Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Anton Chekhov, Anna Pavlova, and Igor Stravinsky.
WATCH: Report Finds Russian Police Ignore Anti-LGBT Violence
December 17 2014 4:30 PM ET

WATCH: Report Finds Russian Police Ignore Antigay Violence

Thom Senzee

Complete with a video exposing the unbearable violence and harassment LGBT Russians endure, an 85-page report reveals more than a year of suffering under a nationwide ban on so-called gay propaganda.

WATCH: Russian 'Documentary' Claims Americans Love Showing Gay Porn to Kids
December 06 2014 6:05 AM ET

WATCH: Russian TV Claims Americans Love Showing Gay Porn to Kids

Thom Senzee

A Kremlin-backed 'documentary' either willfully misled viewers to think American parents plaster their children's walls with gay porn, or Russian producers are painfully unaware of satire. 

It Gets Worse: Russia's Kremlin Targets LGBT Youth Support
November 21 2014 5:05 AM ET

Russia's Kremlin Targets LGBT Youth Support

Thom Senzee

Youth face losing their last online refuge to express what it's like to be LGBT in Vladimir Putin's Russia.

IOC Proposes Gay-Inclusive Antibias Language for Olympic Charter
November 18 2014 6:36 PM ET

IOC Proposes Gay-Inclusive Antibias Language for Olympic Charter

Annie Hollenbeck

The proposal, announced today, is one of 40 recommendations the International Olympic Committee will vote on in December.

Elton John Sticks It to Russia's Antigay Law in Front of Thousands
November 13 2014 6:30 AM ET

Elton John Sticks It to Russia's Antigay Law in Front of Thousands

Thom Senzee

Invoking Tchaikovsky, Tim Cook, and even the iPad, pop's megastar minced no words in calling out the absurd brutality of Russia's ban on so-called homosexual propaganda during a concert in St. Petersburg.

Love Finds a Way For Russia's Second Legal Same-sex Wedding
November 11 2014 1:47 AM ET

Meet Russia's Newest Legally Married Lesbians 

Thom Senzee

A second same-sex couple has found a way to wed by using Russia's draconian antigay laws to exchange their vows in legally binding matrimony.

November 07 2014 3:26 PM ET

Pussy Riot On Protest, Prison, and Putin

Members of the Russian punk protest band joined Klaus Biesenbach for a conversation about Putin, government oppression, and keeping their protests creative

Russia Promptly Destroys Steve Jobs Memorial After Tim Cook Comes Out
November 04 2014 3:22 PM ET

Russia Promptly Destroys Steve Jobs Memorial After Tim Cook Comes Out

Alex Panisch

Russia's ban on 'gay propaganda' strikes again as the group that installed a memorial to Steve Jobs has removed the statue in St. Petersburg after Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay.

Russian Pol Calls for Lifetime Ban on Tim Cook
October 30 2014 1:02 PM ET

Russian Pol Calls for Lifetime Ban on Tim Cook

Daniel Reynolds

The writer of the original 'gay propaganda' law says the newly out CEO could present a health threat to Russia.

Three LGBT Activists Survive Harrowing Experience in Russia
October 28 2014 3:32 PM ET

This Is How Terrifying Being an LGBT Russian Has Become

Thom Senzee

A trio of young Russians took to the streets to show their support for LGBT equality this weekend. They were met by 100 violent homophobes.

WATCH: Scott Lively From Russia With Hate in 'Sodom' Documentary
October 17 2014 3:55 PM ET

WATCH: Scott Lively From Russia With Hate in Sodom Documentary

Thom Senzee

Homophobe Scott Lively is featured prominently in a twisted 'documentary' produced by Arkady Mamontov, the antigay Russian TV host who thinks gays can rain meteorites down on earth.

WATCH: Brian Brown Admits 'Of Course We Would Go to Russia'
October 16 2014 5:37 PM ET October 16 2014 6:52 PM ET

WATCH: Brian Brown Admits 'Of Course' We'd 'Go to Russia'

Sunnivie Brydum

Want to know how to make Brian Brown squirm? Ask him about what he's been up to in Putin's Russia.

WATCH: Coming Out Day Arrests Are Proof Putin Wants to Turn Back Time
October 14 2014 3:05 AM ET

NCOD Arrests Prove Putin Wants to Turn Back Time

Thom Senzee

Recent arrests of LGBT activists and political overreactions in Russia signal a disconcerting trend that harkens back to the days of the USSR. 

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