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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: Russian Army Sings 'Barbie Girl'

WATCH: Russian Army Sings 'Barbie Girl'

The surfacing of a YouTube clip of singing soldiers conjures an era when Russia didn't automatically prompt thoughts of homophobia.

Russia Fails to Block Same-Sex Spousal Benefits for U.N. Employees

Russia Fails to Block Same-Sex Spousal Benefits for U.N. Employees

Much to the chagrin of some of the world's most homophobic governments, lesbian, gay and bisexual staffers at the United Nations will be able to share benefits with their same-sex spouses.

Russian Lesbian Club Raided After Owners Post Viral Kissing Selfie

Lesbian Kissing Selfie Prompts Russia's Latest Bar Raid

Russian politician Vitaly Milonov appears to be making good on his threat to shutter the St. Petersburg club owned by a lesbian couple who trolled him by kissing on a recent flight.

Op-ed: One Year After Sochi, the Silence Is Deafening

Op-ed: One Year After Sochi, the Silence Is Deafening

Was the global outrage at Russia’s anti-LGBT propaganda law just a flash in the pan?

Leading Homophobe Scott Lively Considers Run for Congress

Leading Homophobe Scott Lively Considers Run for Congress

Lively says he wants to influence U.S. policy toward Russia, which he lauds for 'standing up against the homosexual agenda.'

Antigay Russian Pol Jokes He Might Punish Lesbians for Airplane Photo

Antigay Russian Pol Jokes He Might Punish Lesbians for Photo

Vitaly Milonov has a twisted 'sense of humor' and a long list of antigay moves in Russia.

Hey Russia, We Are #DrivingWhileTrans

Hey Russia, We Are #DrivingWhileTrans

A new law could target transgender Russians and others deemed 'mentally ill' for the denial of driver's licenses. Here's what our trans readers think of that plan.

Court: Russian LGBT Teen Page's Administrator Violated 'Propaganda' Ban

Court: Russian LGBT Teen Page's Admin Violated 'Propaganda' Ban

Journalist Lena Klimova has been fined 50,000 rubles for running an online resource for LGBT youth.

Russia Now Says Trans People Can't Have Driver's Licenses

Russia Now Says Trans People Can't Have Driver's Licenses

You've got to hand it to Vladimir Putin's Russia: Just when you think they've thought of everything, leading Russian anti-LGBT forces get even more creative.

Russian Antigay Activist Gets 29 LGBT Teachers Fired, Then Gets Arrested

Russian Antigay Activist Gets 29 LGBT Teachers Fired, Then Gets Arrested

The good news is that Timur Isayev's efforts to destroy the careers and lives of gay teachers recently backfired and landed him in jail for unrelated crimes.

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