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.
Op-ed: From the Parade to the Front Lines

Stoli Announces Major Donation to LGBT Group

The president of SPI North America, known for its Stoli brand of vodka, reacts to Russia’s antigay laws with a program aimed at developing LGBT leaders worldwide.

WATCH: Russian Activist Detained for Unfurling Rainbow Flag

WATCH: Russian Activist Detained for Unfurling Rainbow Flag

Pavel Lebedev was tackled to the ground and detained by police Saturday after he waved a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch's procession through the Russian town of Voronezh.

WATCH: Glenn Beck: Antigay Folks Not My Friends (Or Are They?)

WATCH: Glenn Beck: Antigay Folks Not My Friends (Or Are They?)

In a wide-ranging radio segment touching on figures as diverse as Andrew Cuomo and Vladimir Putin, Beck claims he has no use for homophobes — yet he's certainly worked with some.

Antigay Russian Neo-Nazi Arrested in Cuba

Antigay Russian Neo-Nazi Arrested in Cuba

Homophobic, violent neo-Nazi Maxim Martsinkevich was arrested in Cuba over the weekend and will be extradited to Russia to face charges of extremism.

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.

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