Russia

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.
Kremlin Shuts Down Russia’s Only LGBT Film Festival

Kremlin Shuts Down Russia’s Only LGBT Film Festival

Government officials cited a 'difficult economic situation,' but organizers of the film festival see further evidence of the country's crackdown on LGBT visibility.

Madonna Won't Return to Russia Because of Antigay Laws

Madonna Won't Return to Russia Because of Antigay Laws

'I don't want to perform in places where being homosexual is tantamount to a crime,' the singer says.

Police Detain LGBT Activists in St. Petersburg

WATCH: Russian Police Detain LGBT Activists in St. Petersburg

The activist's signs were torn by Russian paratroopers, who had gathered in the city to celebrate a military holiday.

WATCH: What Happens When Two Men Walk Hand in Hand in Moscow

WATCH: When Two Men Hold Hands in Moscow...

There is still a long way to go before Russia's LGBT citizens can feel safe to be out and open in public.

Robbie Rogers Will Be 'Extremely Flamboyant' at Future World Cups

Robbie Rogers Will Be Extremely Flamboyant at World Cups

Professional soccer's only out male player refuses to hide who he is, even if he's playing in a World Cup hosted in countries with harsh anti-LGBT laws.

Russia Trolls U.S. After Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

Russia Trolls U.S. After Marriage Equality Ruling

The United Russia party unveiled a 'heterosexual flag' at a rally to honor the Day of Family, Love and Fidelity.

Nyet: Play About Oscar Wilde Banned in Moscow

Nyet: Play About Oscar Wilde Banned in Moscow

The play's author says he believes it ran afoul of Russia's 'gay propaganda' law.

Kyrgyzstan Advances 'Gay Propaganda' Bill Harsher Than Russia's

Kyrgyzstan Advances Harsh 'Gay Propaganda' Bill

The bill, even more draconian than Russia's, has received the second of three necessary approvals by Kyrgyz lawmakers.

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