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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: Katy Perry and Madonna Stand Up for LGBT Russians In #GayPropaganda

WATCH: Katy Perry, Madonna Spread #GayPropaganda

Katy Perry and Madonna have released a series of haunting videos highlighting the violence and discrimination LGBT people in Russia are facing.

3 Russians Convicted of Brutally Murdering Gay Man

Three Russians Convicted of Brutally Murdering Gay Man

In a rare move for the Russian judicial system, three men were convicted of brutally murdering a man they perceived to be gay.

Who Has Given Russia The Coldest Shoulder, So Far?

Who Has Given Russia The Coldest Shoulder, So Far?

While there is no one way to register unhappiness with Russia's laws and antigay violence, some are much colder than others.

Page with Letters from LGBT Teens Accused of Violating Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Ban

Do Letters from LGBT Teens VIolate Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Ban?

The lawmaker who introduced St. Petersburg's ban on 'gay propaganda' filed a complaint against a journalist who hosts a social networking group that shares letters from LGBT teens.

WATCH: Reporter Recounts Harassment in Russia

WATCH: Reporter Recounts Harassment in Russia

A Norwegian TV journalist tells of the intimidation he and his crew suffered while reporting on Olympics preparations.

Russian Activist Sues Actor Over 'Burn Gays Alive' Comment

Russian Activist Sues Actor Over 'Burn Gays Alive' Comment

The LGBT activist says he doesn't expect the suit to succeed in Russian courts but hopes to bring the case to the European Court of Human Rights.

GLAAD Releases Guide for Media Covering Sochi Olympics

GLAAD Releases Guide for Media Covering Sochi Olympics

The guide aims to help reporters tell the stories of LGBT Russians suffering under the nation's antigay policies.

IOC Member Says Russia's 'Antigay Stuff' Is Overblown

IOC Member Says Russia's 'Antigay Stuff' Is Overblown

Canadian International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound says he doesn't agree with Russia's 'gay propaganda' ban, but other countries have much worse laws penalizing LGBT people.

WATCH: YouTubers Mock Homophobia in 'Mother Russia'

WATCH: YouTubers Mock Homophobia in 'Mother Russia'

In a hilarious new video, a team of YouTubers don’t just tell us why Russia is one of the gayest countries on the planet, they sing it in a show tune.

Top Russian Official Says Olympic Athletes Cannot Protest

Top Russian Official Says Olympic Athletes Cannot Protest

The statement appears to contradict assurances made Monday by the president of the International Olympic Committee that athletes could make political statements at press conferences in Sochi.

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