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: Thomas Roberts Hasn't Personally Experienced Russian Homophobia
November 08 2013 3:10 PM ET

WATCH: Thomas Roberts Hasn't Experienced Russian Homophobia

Sunnivie Brydum

The out MSNBC anchor filed reports from Moscow about Russia's anti-LGBT laws, the Miss Universe competition he's there to host, and the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi.

WATCH: Fired Gay Russian Journo Tells Thomas Roberts 'It's Time to Be Open'
November 06 2013 1:38 PM ET

WATCH: Live from Moscow, Thomas Roberts on Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

Out MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts strolled through Moscow with Anton Krasovsky, a fellow gay journalist who was fired for coming out on the air on his Kremlin-backed network earlier this year.

Russian Activists Confirm Attack on LGBT Meeting in St. Petersburg
November 04 2013 2:27 PM ET

Russian Activists Confirm Attack on LGBT Meeting

Sunnivie Brydum

Two men entered an LGBT social group's meeting Sunday with a gun and baseball bat, injuring two attendees.

BREAKING UPDATE: Gay Attack in St. Petersburg
November 03 2013 3:57 PM ET November 04 2013 12:24 AM ET

Antigay Attack in St. Petersburg

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Unconfirmed reports say that two people remain hospitalized but police tell them there is no evidence of a crime.

Activists Using Coloring Book to Take Aim at Russia
November 01 2013 3:00 AM ET

Activists Hope Coloring Books Highlight Russia's War on LGBT Citizens

Alex J Davidson

Activists both in the United States and abroad are hoping a new coloring book will raise awareness of anti-LGBT wave sweeping across Russia.

IOC President Won't Meet With LGBT Activists in Russia
October 30 2013 4:10 PM ET

IOC President Won't Meet With LGBT Activists in Russia

Sunnivie Brydum

But Thomas Bach did propose an alternate meeting with Russian activists at the IOC's headquarters in Switzerland.

Russia Invites Discredited Antigay Researcher to Offer 'Expert' Testimony
October 29 2013 1:59 PM ET

Russia Considers Discredited Antigay Researcher an 'Expert'

Trudy Ring

Paul Cameron, who has been denounced by major U.S. mental health and civil rights groups, conflated homosexuality and pedophilia in testimony to Russia's Parliament.

Putin Promises Gay Olympians Will Be 'Comfortable' in Sochi
October 28 2013 4:07 PM ET

Putin Promises Gay Olympians Will Be 'Comfortable' in Sochi

Sunnivie Brydum

Russian president Vladimir Putin told national sports officials today that his administration will 'do everything' to make sure LGBT athletes and spectators are 'comfortable' at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Thomas Roberts on Russia: Have a Little Faith in Me
October 23 2013 3:10 PM ET

Interview: Thomas Roberts Defends His Russia Trip

Sunnivie Brydum

In this exclusive interview, Thomas Roberts says he's 'dismayed' by the vocal criticism of his decision to host the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow.

Johnny Weir Retires From Skating, Will Join NBC as Analyst in Sochi
October 23 2013 1:26 PM ET

Johnny Weir Retires From Skating, Will Join NBC as Analyst in Sochi

Jase Peeples

The out former Olympian may be hanging up his skates, but he will still represent LGBT people at the Sochi Winter Games as a figure skating analyst.

Right-Wing Activist: Gays Provoke Bashings
October 23 2013 1:02 PM ET

Right-Wing Activist: Gays Provoke Bashings

Trudy Ring

Two men kissing in public generates 'a certain amount of revulsion,' says Brian Camenker, who also thinks LGBT people don't have the goods to be elite athletes.