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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.
Gus Van Sant, Dustin Lance Black Attend LGBT Film Festival in Russia, Despite Bomb Threats
November 26 2013 7:46 PM ET

Gus Van Sant, Dustin Lance Black Attend LGBT Film Festival in Russia, Despite Bomb Threats

Jase Peeples

Though antigay opponents have attempted to shut it down, through fear, intimidation, and protest the Side by Side LGBT film festival continues in St. Petersburg.

Attacks on Moscow Gay Club Continue
November 25 2013 2:45 PM ET

Attacks on Moscow Gay Club Continue

Trudy Ring

Unknown assailants sprayed a harmful gas inside the Central Station club Saturday night, just a week after gunshots were fired there.

PSA Shines Spotlight on Violence Against Russian LGBTs
November 21 2013 8:28 PM ET

PSA Shines Spotlight on Violence Against Russian LGBTs

Daniel Reynolds

An advocacy organization has released the first in a series of videos that draws attention to the plight faced by LGBT Russians.

Putin Denounces 'Xenophobia' Against LGBT Russians
November 21 2013 2:39 PM ET

Putin Denounces 'Xenophobia' Against LGBT Russians

Sunnivie Brydum

The Russian president told local lawmakers that society should 'not create any xenophobia' against LGBT people, despite the law he passed that basically criminalizes any positive mention of LGBT identities.

Stephen Colbert: Gays Are Endangering Russia's Olympics by Existing
November 21 2013 1:46 PM ET

WATCH: Colbert on Russia's Rainbow Olympic Uniforms

Jase Peeples

The Colbert Report host lampooned Russian organizers for the Sochi Winter Olympics for banning displays of the LGBT rainbow flag and then choosing rainbow-colored uniforms.

Scott Lively: 'Butch Homosexuals' Beating Effeminate Russian Gays
November 20 2013 5:33 PM ET

Scott Lively: 'Butch Homosexuals' Beating Femme Russian Gays

Sunnivie Brydum

The antigay American evangelical claims that Russia's violent crackdown on LGBT people is actually 'gay-on-gay' violence.

WATCH: Band Behind 'Gay Bar' to Perform in Russia
November 18 2013 5:09 PM ET

WATCH: Band Behind 'Gay Bar' to Perform in Russia

Nicholas Cimarusti

A performance of the absurdist rock song from Detroit-based band Electric Six could spark outrage if interpreted as 'gay propaganda.'

Russian Journo Claims Gays Caused Meteor Strike
November 18 2013 3:40 PM ET

Russian Journo Claims Gays Caused Meteor Strike

Sunnivie Brydum

Arkady Mamontov also anchored an exploitive 'documentary' that aired on state TV warning of the 'threat' of 'homosexualists who attempt to infiltrate our country.'

Shots Fired at Moscow Gay Nightclub
November 17 2013 5:54 AM ET

Shots Fired at Moscow Gay Nightclub

Trudy Ring

No one was injured, but the attack continues the spate of antigay violence in Russia.

WATCH: Russian Gov't Spying on LGBT Activists Meeting With HRC, All Out
November 14 2013 3:27 PM ET

Russia Is Spying on LGBT Activists Who Meet With HRC

Sunnivie Brydum

A so-called exposé that aired on Russian television this week reveals that government officials recorded private conversations between LGBT activists and international human rights organizations in October.

Russian Newspaper Accused of Violating 'Gay Propaganda' Law
November 14 2013 3:04 PM ET

Russian Newspaper Accused of Violating 'Gay Propaganda' Law

Trudy Ring

A story about a teacher who was fired for being gay drew the attention of media regulators.

Russian Orthodox Activist Spared Jail Time for Attacking Gay Demonstrator
November 12 2013 3:11 PM ET

Russian Orthodox Activist Spared Jail Time for Attacking Gay Demonstrator

Sunnivie Brydum

Religious anti-abortion activist Gleb Likhotkin reportedly fired multiple shots at a gay demonstrator carrying a balloon that personally offended him.

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