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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.
IOC President Won't Meet With LGBT Activists in Russia
October 30 2013 5:10 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 2:59 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 5:07 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 4:10 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 2:26 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 2:02 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.

Trans Woman Commits Suicide After Firing Under Russia's 'Propaganda' Ban
October 22 2013 1:26 PM ET

Trans Woman Commits Suicide After Firing Under Russia's 'Propaganda' Ban

Sunnivie Brydum

Dasha Stern was 22 years old when she took her own life after being fired under Russia's nationwide ban on so-called homosexual propaganda.

16 Original Illustrations That Protest Putin's Homophobia
October 21 2013 7:00 AM ET

16 Awesome Illustrations That Protest Putin's Russia

Christopher Harrity

Does art speak louder than words? Anna Goodson and her bunch of talented illustrators created a gallery of protest images that range from funny to sweetly moving.

Op-ed: Russia's Other New Oppressive Law
October 18 2013 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Russia's Other New Oppressive Law

Vera Kichanova

In Russia, it's essentially against the law to hurt religious people's feelings.

Thomas Roberts Will Go to Russia to 'Prove There's Hope'
October 17 2013 6:37 PM ET October 24 2013 12:37 AM ET

WATCH: Thomas Roberts's 'Tremendous Hypocrisy' in Russia

Sunnivie Brydum

The out MSNBC anchor will serve as a cohost of the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, scheduled to take place in Moscow this November.

5 Things That Pissed Us Off This Week: 'Rapebait,' Unpaid Harassment, Vandalism and American-Imported Homophobia in Russia
October 14 2013 1:30 PM ET

5 Things That Pissed Us Off This Week

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LGBT Activists, Antigay Protesters Clash in St. Petersburg, Russia
October 12 2013 1:03 PM ET

LGBT Activists, Antigay Protesters Clash in Russia

Trudy Ring

The melee resulted in 67 people from both sides being detained by police.

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