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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.
Op-ed: Russia Last in Race for Human Rights

Op-ed: Russia Last in Race for Human Rights

What will provoke Russia to change its ways on LGBT rights and the freedom of expression?

Russia Accuses EU of 'Aggressive Propaganda of Homosexual Love'

Russia Accuses EU of 'Aggressive Propaganda' of Gay Love

The report, from Russia's Foreign Ministry, also calls out 'xenophobia, racism, violent nationalism, and neo-Nazism' in Europe.

Olympic Village Mayor: Propaganda Law Protects Kids From Gay Cartoons

Olympic 'Mayor:' Gay Cartoons Could Harm Kids

The appointed mayor of Sochi's Olympic skiing village says the anti-LGBT propaganda law protects kids from seeing "a king love another king."

Chris Pine Blasts Russia's Antigay Law, Criticizes U.S. Response

Chris Pine Blasts Russia's Anti-LGBT Law

'What's happening there… is extraordinary and awful,' says Pine.

WATCH: Vice Takes a Ride in Russia's Underground Gay Taxi Service

WATCH: Take a Ride in Russia's Underground Gay Taxi

The multimedia outlet published the first of a five-part series titled 'Young and Gay in Putin's Russia.'

Ian McKellen and 27 Nobel Laureates Demand Russia Repeal Antigay Laws

Ian McKellen and 27 Nobel Laureates Angry With Russia

With the Sochi Winter Olympics only weeks away, nearly 30 Nobel laureates have joined with Sir Ian McKellen in an open protest of Russia’s homophobic 'gay propaganda' law.

Michigan RNC Member: Russia's Antigay Law Is 'Common Sense'

RNC Member: Russia's Antigay Law Is 'Common Sense'

Republican National Committee member Dave Agema has added to his record of outrageously homophobic remarks.

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.

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