Russia

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: Vice Is 'Young and Gay in Putin's Russia'

WATCH: Vice Is 'Young and Gay in Putin's Russia'

Vice published its full video report on the homophobic environment in Russia, going inside the nation's underground LGBT communities and confronting members of the Orthodox Church.

Vladimir Putin Has Gay Friends?

Vladimir Putin Has Gay Friends?

The Russian president contends that he can't be homophobic because he has gay friends and would like to meet Elton John.

Putin's PR Contradicts Reality

Putin's PR Contradicts Reality

Russia's president claims no one is discriminated against and no one is hurt by antigay laws — meanwhile, arrests continue.

NBC's Maria Sharapova Isn't Going to Talk About LGBT People

Don't Ask NBC's Maria Sharapova to Talk About Gay Russia

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.

Love In Putin's Russia

Love In Putin's Russia

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

Putin to Gays: Leave Kids Alone and You'll Be Safe

Putin to Gays: Leave Kids Alone and You'll Be Safe

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.

WATCH: Will Russia Take Kids From Gay Parents After Olympics?

WATCH: Will Russia Take Kids From Gay Parents After Olympics?

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.

Op-ed: Russia Last in Race for Human Rights

Op-ed: Russia Last in Race for Human Rights

What will provoke Russia to change its ways on LGBT rights and the freedom of expression?

Russia Accuses EU of 'Aggressive Propaganda of Homosexual Love'

Russia Accuses EU of 'Aggressive Propaganda' of Gay Love

The report, from Russia's Foreign Ministry, also calls out 'xenophobia, racism, violent nationalism, and neo-Nazism' in Europe.

Olympic Village Mayor: Propaganda Law Protects Kids From Gay Cartoons

Olympic 'Mayor:' Gay Cartoons Could Harm Kids

The appointed mayor of Sochi's Olympic skiing village says the anti-LGBT propaganda law protects kids from seeing "a king love another king."

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