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.

Patriarch Kirill, who heads the Russian Orthodox Church, tells members of Parliament that same-sex marriage is destructive to society.

January 29 2014 4:22 PM

Ballet dancers and Amnesty International activists presented a scene from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and delivered petitions to the Russian Embassy in London, in protest of Russia's 'gay propaganda' law.

January 29 2014 2:31 PM

The cover depicts the Russian president as an Olympic figure skater, being judged by a 'jury of his peers' — all Putin.

January 28 2014 8:48 PM

The Olympics sponsor contends programming was to blame for responses that many considered antigay when pro-LGBT words were entered into various interactive portions of the brand's site.

January 28 2014 2:02 PM

Sochi mayor Anatoly Pakhomov says there are no gay people in his Russian town — at least none that he knows of.

January 27 2014 1:00 PM

Geopolitics have always been associated with the Olympics, and this year will be no exception.

January 27 2014 9:00 AM

A starry cast tackles a serious topic with sharp humor in a new video.

January 26 2014 6:30 AM

Queer Nation has released a video putting a new spin on a classic Coke ad, while some LGBT advocates are using a McDonald's Twitter hashtag to protest Russia's antigay laws.

January 25 2014 1:07 PM

The out music legend condemned Russia’s homophobic laws while supporting the country’s LGBT community in a new statement.

January 24 2014 4:06 PM