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.
In the Galleries: Russian Alexander Kargelstev's Friends and Lovers

In the Galleries: A Russian Exile's Friends and Lovers

Kargelstev's photos of his friends and lovers explore the instant nostalgia found in Polaroids.

Russian Activists Cited for Protest Linking Sochi Olympics to 1936 Berlin Games

WATCH: Russian Activists Compare Sochi to 1936 Berlin Olympics

The activists, demonstrating at the Olympic countdown clock in St. Petersburg, were quickly cited by police officers.

Russian Deputy PM's Message to Gay Olympians: 'Please Do Not Touch Kids'

Russian Deputy PM to Gays: 'Please Do Not Touch Kids'

Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak echoed President Putin's remarks, saying adults have a right to 'understand their sexual activity,' but adding, 'Please do not touch kids. That’s the only thing.'

U.N. Secretary General: 'We Must All Raise Our Voices' Against Homophobia

WATCH: U.N. Chief Condemns Homophobia in Sport

In remarks delivered to the International Olympic Committee, Ban Ki-Moon voiced a pro-LGBT message that advocated for 'societies of equality and tolerance.'

WATCH: Madonna's Progay Speech Introducing Pussy Riot at Amnesty's Brooklyn Concert

WATCH: Madonna's Progay Speech Introducing Pussy Riot

The queen of pop made an impassioned progay speech as she introduced Russian protest-punk band Pussy Riot at Amnesty International’s Bringing Human Rights Home concert in Brooklyn.

WATCH: Gay Russians Brutally Attacked on Camera

WATCH: Gay Russians Brutally Attacked on Camera

A new video from Human Rights Watch puts on display the horrifying violence LGBT Russians face on a regular basis.

IOC President: We Are Not a 'World Government'

IOC President: We Are Not a 'World Government'

IOC president Thomas Bach claims that the power of the organization to influence hosting countries is limited, but confirmed that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will give a keynote address addressing Russia's antigay laws.

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