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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.
WATCH: Olympic Torch Extinguished in Moscow
October 07 2013 8:40 PM ET

WATCH: Olympic Torch Extinguished in Moscow

Sunnivie Brydum

We'll make no comment about that particularly fabulous snowsuit he's wearing.

PHOTOS: Olympic Torch's Debut Already Met With Protest
October 05 2013 10:21 PM ET

PHOTOS: Olympic Torch's Debut Already Met With Protest

Lucas Grindley

Let the protests begin — activists are already using the spotlight of the Olympic torch relay to draw attention to Russia's antigay laws.

National Organization for Marriage Caught Helping Russia Pass Antigay Laws
October 04 2013 3:20 PM ET

NOM Caught Helping Russia Pass Antigay Laws

Lucas Grindley

The head of the National Organization for Marriage was in Russia arguing that gay parents are unfit to raise children.

Imam Urges Russians to Boycott 'Pederast' Elton John
October 03 2013 6:36 PM ET

Imam Urges Russians to Boycott 'Pederast' Elton John

Michael Regula

A Russian imam urged a boycott of Elton John's December show, and tossed out a few hateful slurs just for good measure.

Russian Court: Protester Can't Be Prosecuted Under 'Gay Propaganda' Law
October 03 2013 6:34 PM ET

Lesbian Can't Be Fined Under Local Russian 'Propaganda' Law

Sunnivie Brydum

LGBT advocates say the ruling in a local court could have implications for the nationwide law banning 'propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.'

David Cameron Includes LGBT Equality in Tory Conference Speech
October 02 2013 6:30 PM ET

David Cameron Includes LGBT Equality in Tory Conference Speech

Nicholas Cimarusti

During his Conservative Party Conference speech, British Prime Minister David Cameron praises LGBT acceptance as one of Britain's best achievements.

Russia Schedules Debate to Remove Children From Gay Parents
October 02 2013 2:29 PM ET

Russia to Debate Bill Removing Children From Gay Parents

Michelle Garcia

Russia's government might be discussing this bill during the 2014 Olympic games.

Putin Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
October 02 2013 12:23 PM ET

Putin Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Michelle Garcia

Russian president Vladimir Putin may be considered for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

OUTrage: International Affairs
September 30 2013 2:03 PM ET

OUTrage: International Affairs

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Alexei Davydov, Leading Russian Gay Activist, Dead at 36
September 28 2013 12:53 PM ET

Alexei Davydov, Leading Russian Gay Activist, Dead at 36

Sunnivie Brydum

Davydov was one of the founders of Moscow Pride, and was also diabetic and on dialysis. He died Friday after a prolonged infection led to kidney failure.

IOC 'Completely Satisfied' With Russia's Anti-LGBT Laws
September 26 2013 2:35 PM ET

IOC 'Completely Satisfied' With Russia's Anti-LGBT Laws

Sunnivie Brydum

The International Olympic Committee said it doesn't have the authority to interfere with the laws of the nation hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics.

PHOTOS: Protestors Challenge Antigay Laws In Moscow, Kiev
September 26 2013 5:00 AM ET

PHOTOS: Protesters Challenge Antigay Laws In Moscow, Kiev

Advocate.com Editors

Ukrainian and Russian activists took to the streets to protest their respective countries' antigay laws.

WATCH: Russian Pol Says Gays Rape Children, Fake Hate Crimes
September 24 2013 5:56 PM ET

WATCH: Russian Pol Says Gays Rape Kids, Fake Hate Crimes

Trudy Ring

Parliament member Vitaly Milonov made numerous inflammatory statements to a French journalist who encountered him at St. Petersburg's Queer Fest.

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