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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: Jon Stewart and Documentary Filmmaker Talk Russia's War on Gays
October 06 2014 3:08 PM ET

WATCH: Jon Stewart and Documentary Filmmaker Talk Russia's War on Gays

Jase Peeples

Filmmaker Ben Steele appeared on The Daily Show to discuss his new documentary, Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia.

PHOTOS: Kazakh Poster Is Latest of 6 Same-Sex Kisses That Created a Stir
October 03 2014 6:00 AM ET

PHOTOS: 6 Kisses That Created a Stir

Thom Senzee

A poster depicting a fictional gay kiss between a 19th century composer and a beloved Russian poet has Kazakhstan up in arms, and filing lawsuits.

In Russia, Judas Priest's Gay Lead Singer Told to Tone It Down
October 02 2014 12:59 PM ET

In Russia, Judas Priest's Gay Frontman Told to Tone It Down 

Lucas Grindley

Performers in Russia have repeatedly been faced with threats for speaking in favor of LGBT equality.

Russia's Highest Court Upholds So-Called LGBT Propaganda Law
September 28 2014 12:36 PM ET

Russia's Highest Court Upholds Ban on 'Gay Propaganda'

Michelle Garcia

The Constitutional Court of Russia says the LGBT propaganda law prevents the country from acting like other European countries that have 'deformed traditional values of family and marriage.'

t.A.T.u. Singer OK with Lesbians, But Being Gay Is 'Unmanly'
September 19 2014 5:37 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 5:45 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 6:30 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 4:58 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 1:28 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 7:34 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 8:17 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 5:48 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 1:59 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.

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