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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.
Russian, Armenian Petitions Seek Drag Performer's Removal From Eurovision
April 28 2014 6:52 PM ET

Russian, Armenian Petitions Seek Drag Performer's Removal From Eurovision

Jase Peeples

Austria’s choice of bearded drag performer Conchita Wurst to compete for the country at the annual Eurovision Song Contest has several antigay nations hitting a sour note.

Antigay Protesters Disrupt Showing of LGBT Youth Film in Moscow
April 25 2014 3:41 PM ET

Antigay Protesters Disrupt Showing of LGBT Youth Film in Moscow

Trudy Ring

At the premiere screening of Children 404, a documentary on LGBT teens in Russia, protesters demanded to know if minors were present and had police check IDs.

Russian Province Declares Ban on LGBT Parades Illegal
April 05 2014 8:00 AM ET

Russian Province Declares Ban on LGBT Rallies Illegal

Sunnivie Brydum

A district court in Kostroma, Russia, has overturned rulings from lower courts that found in favor of city officials who banned two LGBT parades and events.

Kyrgyzstan Considers 'Gay Propaganda' Ban
March 28 2014 4:40 PM ET

Kyrgyzstan Considers 'Gay Propaganda' Ban

Trudy Ring

The former Soviet republic may follow the lead of Mother Russia.

WATCH: Obama Affirms LGBT Rights, Denounces Russia in Brussels Speech
March 27 2014 2:55 PM ET

WATCH: Obama Affirms LGBT Rights, Denounces Russia

Trudy Ring

'We believe in human dignity — that every person is created equal, no matter who you are, or what you look like, or who you love, or where you come from,' the president tells European youth.

MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart Rips Billy Graham's Homophobic Son for Supporting Putin
March 25 2014 1:55 PM ET

MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart Rips Billy Graham's Homophobic Son for Supporting Putin

Ran Aubrey Frazier

On Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart reads an open letter to Franklin Graham, deeming his support of Vladimir Putin "breathtakingly offensive."

March 24 2014 4:14 PM ET

G8 Summit Won't Be Held in Russia

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In addition to moving the G8 summit away from Sochi, Russia, other members of the group are considering suspending Russia over its recent actions involving Crimea.

Moscow's Largest Gay Club Shuts Its Doors
March 18 2014 1:21 PM ET

Moscow's Largest Gay Club Shuts Its Doors

Sunnivie Brydum

After a series of antigay vigilante attacks, Central Station will close its doors for good.

Author of Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Law Sanctioned for Role in Ukraine Crisis
March 17 2014 2:25 PM ET

Author of Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Law Sanctioned for Role in Ukraine Crisis

Trudy Ring

Member of Parliament Yelena Mizulina was among those sanctioned by the U.S. government today.

Far-Right Minister: Gays Responsible for Ukraine Crisis
March 11 2014 6:25 PM ET

Far-Right Minister: Gays Responsible for Ukraine Crisis

Trudy Ring

Scott Lively attributes the invasion of Ukraine somehow to Russia's conflicts with the U.S. and European Union over LGBT rights.

WATCH: Moscow LGBT Demonstrators Attacked, Assailants Detained
March 10 2014 2:43 PM ET

WATCH: Moscow LGBT Demonstrators Attacked

Trudy Ring

Armed men attacked an LGBT contingent in an International Women's Day rally, but police intervened.

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