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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.
t.A.T.u. Singer OK with Lesbians, But Being Gay Is 'Unmanly'
September 19 2014 6:37 PM ET

t.A.T.u. Singer OK with Lesbians, But Being Gay? 'Unmanly'

Thom Senzee

Russian singer Julia Volkova says gay men have 'no right to be a fag,' but that women should be able to love whomever they want.

Dustin Lance Black's Newest Play Shows Us LGBT Life in Russia
September 15 2014 6:45 PM ET

Dustin Lance Black's Newest Play Shows Us LGBT Life in Russia

Trudy Ring

We mustn't 'forget about our brothers and sisters abroad,' says Black.

An Afternoon in WeHo With a Gay Russian Teen Seeking Asylum
September 15 2014 7:30 AM ET

A WeHo Walk With a Gay Russian Asylum-Seeker

Advocate Contributor

Danny Fisk details his 'transformative' encounter with Vlad Slavskiy, an 18-year-old Russian LGBT activist participating in NYC's Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality.

September 12 2014 5:58 PM ET

Matt Bomer Narrates HBO Doc on Anti-Gay Sentiment in Russia

An exclusive first look at British filmmaker Ben Steele's exposé on Russian homophobia

Crimean Leader Promises Brutal Crackdown on LGBT Organizers
September 04 2014 2:28 PM ET

Crimean Strongman Gives LGBT Activists 3 Minutes to Go Straight

Thom Senzee

Crimea's thuggish new leader tells media LGBT people have no place in the former Ukrainian province, where a harsh crackdown is under way.

WATCH: Russian Pol's Attempt to Shame Eurovision Winner Conchita Wurst Backfires
September 03 2014 8:34 PM ET

WATCH: Russian Pol's Attempt to Shame Conchita Wurst Backfires

Thom Senzee

If these two Russian politicians were hoping to drown out the Austrian drag queen's voice, they may want to check the volume on their bigotry. 

13 Russian Kids Reunited with Families Blocked by Anti-LGBT Adoption Laws
August 30 2014 9:17 AM ET

13 Russian Kids Finally Reunite with Parents

Mitch Kellaway

With Russia still banning adoptions by couples from any country that supports equal marriage, 13 families finally found a closure that continues to elude thousands.

Surprise! Meet Russia's First Legally Married Brides
August 22 2014 6:48 PM ET

Surprise! Meet Russia's First Legally Married Brides

Thom Senzee

Because one bride identifies as androgyne, Russian authorities were forced to let the couple marry or recognize her nonbinary gender and forbid the marriage.

Russian Neo-Nazi Sentenced to Five Years In Penal Colony, But Not For Antigay Attacks
August 19 2014 2:59 PM ET

Antigay Russian Neo-Nazi Sentenced to Five Years In Penal Colony

Thom Senzee

Notorious Russian neo-Nazi Maxim Martsinkevich was sentenced to five years in a penal colony, but prosecutors didn't even mention his well-documented violent attacks on men presumed to be gay.

Finally: Russia's First Nonviolent Pride Event
July 30 2014 7:21 PM ET

Russian City Hosts Pride With Shocking Outcome

Thom Senzee

St. Petersburg, the city that gave birth to Russia's first antigay law, has now held Russia's first Pride rally without violence.

Russia Declares St. Petersburg LGBT Group 'Foreign Agent'
July 24 2014 2:49 PM ET

Russia Declares Gay Group 'Foreign Agent'

Thom Senzee

By requiring Coming Out Russia to register as a 'foreign agent,' a judge has severely hampered the advocacy efforts of the group, it says.

Russia Today Reporter Quits, Cites Network’s Pro-Putin Bias
July 21 2014 7:08 PM ET

Russia Today Reporter Quits, Cites Network’s Pro-Putin Bias

Rebecca Juro

RT correspondent Sara Firth quits in protest of network's pro-Russian government bias.

NOM Uses Pro-Gay Russian Photographer In Latest Antigay Meme
July 07 2014 3:53 PM ET

NOM's Latest Bungled Effort to Oppose Marriage Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

Before using a photographer's images to oppose same-sex marriage, NOM should probably take a look at the artist's portfolio.

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