The Russian president contends that he can't be homophobic because he has gay friends and would like to meet Elton John.
As part of NBC's Olympics coverage, the tennis star is assigned to share stories about how beautiful it is to live in Russia, where she's from.
Life for gays and lesbians in Russia is clandestine and convoluted. But the country is inscrutable to the West, so it may be impossible to seek civil rights advances like anything we’d imagine. Photographs by Davide Monteleone
The Russian president contends LGBT people will be welcome in Sochi for the Winter Olympics, as long as they don't try to speak to children.
A new report from CNN suggests that a bill aiming to revoke the parental rights of gay and lesbian Russians is likely to be reintroduced after the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, with a few minor adjustments.
The report, from Russia's Foreign Ministry, also calls out 'xenophobia, racism, violent nationalism, and neo-Nazism' in Europe.