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.
Manager of Moscow Gay Nightspot Seeks Asylum in U.S.

Manager of Moscow Gay Nightspot Seeks Asylum in U.S.

Arkady Gyngazov has left his position at the club and come to the U.S., as he says he feels unsafe in Russia.

State Department Warns LGBT Americans Traveling to Russia

State Dept. Warns LGBT Olympic Spectators

In advance of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory for American citizens.

Russian Church Leader Proposes Criminalizing Homosexuality

Russian Church Leader Proposes Criminalizing Homosexuality

Citizens should vote on the matter in a referendum, says church spokesman Vsevolod Chaplin.

Russian Actor Begs Putin to Fully Criminalize LGBT People

Russian Actor Begs Putin to Fully Criminalize LGBT People

The nationwide ban on so-called gay propaganda doesn't go far enough because the very existence of gay people is a threat to children, claims Ivan Okhlobystin.

Costas Wants Putin to Talk About Anti-LGBT Law During NBC's Olympic Coverage

Costas Wants Putin To Talk About Anti-LGBT Law

One way or another, NBC will not shy away from reporting on Russia's anti-LGBT laws.

Putin Slightly Eases Protest Ban During Olympics

Putin Slightly Eases Protest Ban During Olympics

Russian officials will allow protests during the Olympics, but only sanctioned demonstrations.

What Would Brian Boitano Do in Russia?

What Would Brian Boitano Do in Russia?

The Internet is missing an opportunity for a "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" sequel.

Reports: Spain to Sign Accord With Russia Barring Gays From Adopting

Will Spain Sign Deal With Russia Barring Gays From Adopting?

Spain looks set to follow Italy in agreeing to prevent same-sex couples from adopting Russian children; the U.K. and Israel could be next, reports say.

Canada Prepares for Things to Go Wrong in Sochi

Canada Prepares for Things to Go Wrong in Sochi

Canada wants a reliable point of contact should one of its citizens be detained during the Olympics.

WATCH: Step Inside Sochi's Gay Nightclub

WATCH: Step Inside Sochi's Gay Nightclub

A CNN news report shows that the patrons and owner of a gay-friendly bar in Sochi, Russia, and reveals that they do not support a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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