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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.
Russian Orthodox Activist Spared Jail Time for Attacking Gay Demonstrator

Russian Orthodox Activist Spared Jail Time for Attacking Gay Demonstrator

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

WATCH: Donald Trump 'Evolving' on LGBT Rights

WATCH: Trump 'Evolving' on LGBT Rights

Right before the Miss Universe pageant went live, Donald Trump talked to MSNBC's Thomas Roberts about LGBT rights in Russia and marriage equality in the U.S.

Neo-Nazi Flees Russia to Avoid Prosecution for Beating Gays

Neo-Nazi Flees Russia to Avoid Prosecution for Beating Gays

The leader of a homophobic gang of nationalists has fled Russia after authorities began investigating a recent video in which the neo-Nazi trapped, humiliated, and beat a gay man from Iraq.

Senators to IOC: Make Sure LGBTs Protected During Olympics

Senators to IOC: Make Sure LGBTs Protected During Olympics

Twelve senators question the International Olympic Committee on its reaction to Olympics host Russia's antigay law.

WATCH: Thomas Roberts Blasts Anti-LGBT Law on Russian TV

Thomas Roberts Blasts Anti-LGBT Law on Russian TV

Speaking with the government-backed network RT just before he cohosted the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Russia, Roberts called the national ban on so-called gay propaganda 'definitive discrimination.'

WATCH: Thomas Roberts Hasn't Personally Experienced Russian Homophobia

WATCH: Thomas Roberts Hasn't Experienced Russian Homophobia

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'

WATCH: Live from Moscow, Thomas Roberts on Equality

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

Russian Activists Confirm Attack on LGBT Meeting

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 04 2013 12:24 AM ET

Antigay Attack in St. Petersburg

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

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

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

IOC President Won't Meet With LGBT Activists in Russia

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

Russia Considers Discredited Antigay Researcher an 'Expert'

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.

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