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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.
Obama, Biden Won't Be at Olympics

Obama, Biden Won't Be at Olympics

In a move interpreted as a protest of Russia's antigay laws, neither the president, the vice president, nor their wives will be in the U.S. delegations to Sochi, but some out athletes will.

Russian Toy Store Under Fire for Selling Gay Propaganda Game

Russian Toy Store Under Fire for Selling Gay Propaganda Game

A Russian toy store chain may have violated the country's so-called gay propaganda ban by selling a controversial game.

Attackers Dismantle Roof of Moscow Gay Club

Attackers Dismantle Roof of Moscow Gay Club

It's the latest in a series of attacks on Central Station, Moscow's largest gay nightclub.

Is French President Boycotting Sochi Olympics?

Is French President Boycotting Sochi Olympics?

A foreign minister announced that none of France's top officials will be in attendance at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Russian Actor: Gays Should Be Burned Alive in Ovens

Russian Actor: Gays Should Be Burned Alive in Ovens

The star of a show loosely based on the American sitcom Scrubs says gay people should be burned alive.

WATCH: Melissa Etheridge Debuts New Anthem Supporting LGBT Russians

WATCH: Melissa Etheridge Debuts Song to Help Gay Russians

Melissa Etheridge marked the launch of Uprising of Love, a new social movement dedicated to supporting LGBT Russians, with a new song.

Defending Anti-LGBT Laws

Putin Slams 'Genderless, Fruitless Tolerance'

The Russian president used his annual address to laud the nation as a defender of 'traditional values' and as a force of peace and morality.

Russia Expert to Offer Political Commentary During Olympics

Russia Expert to Offer Political Commentary During Olympics

In NBC's Olympics coverage, journalist and historian David Remnick will likely touch on the situation of LGBT Russians under the nation's 'gay propaganda' law.

Putin Tightens Grip on Kremlin-Run News Agencies

Putin Tightens Grip on Kremlin-Run News Agencies

After dissolving one of the nation's oldest state-run news agencies, Russian president Vladimir Putin appointed a well-known, violently homophobic news anchor to lead the new media group.

German President Will Boycott Sochi Olympics

German President Will Boycott Sochi Olympics

Joachim Gauck, who holds the mostly ceremonial title of President, is among the first major politicians to boycott the 2014 Olympics over host country Russia's human rights violations.

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