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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.
Trans Lawyer Launches Russian Presidential Bid
September 23 2013 3:10 PM ET

Trans Lawyer Launches Russian Presidential Bid

Sunnivie Brydum

Masha Bast, the Russian human rights lawyer who recently came out as a bisexual trans woman, plans to run for President of Russia in 2018.

John McCain Condemns Russia's Antigay Bigotry
September 20 2013 8:54 PM ET

John McCain Condemns Russia's Antigay Bigotry

Trudy Ring

McCain writes an op-ed calling out the nation's generally repressive climate, including its antigay laws, and he gets some praise and some ribbing.

Putin Stays on Antigay Offensive
September 20 2013 6:35 PM ET

Putin Stays on Antigay Offensive

Trudy Ring

Equating same-sex relationships with 'traditional' families is like equating belief in God with belief in Satan, the Russian president said Thursday.

WATCH: Russian Group Issues Virulently Homophobic Video
September 20 2013 3:11 PM ET

WATCH: Russian Group Spreads Homophobic Lies

Trudy Ring

The video, among other things, says gay people adopt children in order to molest them.

Poll: Nearly 70% of Americans Oppose Russia's Anti-LGBT Laws
September 19 2013 2:07 PM ET

Nearly 70% of Americans Oppose Russia's Anti-LGBT Laws

Sunnivie Brydum

For the first time in 15 years, Americans view Russia as unfriendly to the U.S., due in large part to the country's violent crackdown on LGBT people, a new Gallup poll reveals.

Pastor Proud to Be Inspiration for Russian "Homosexual Propaganda" Ban
September 18 2013 4:56 PM ET

Pastor Proud to Be Inspiration for Russian "Homosexual Propaganda" Ban

Nicholas Cimarusti

Outspoken American pastor Scott Lively claims to have inspired Russia's recent ban on "homosexual propaganda."

Elton John Decides to Perform in Russia: 'I've Got to Go'
September 17 2013 1:17 PM ET

Elton John to Perform in Russia: 'I've Got to Go'

Daniel Reynolds

Elton John revealed that he will perform in Russia, in order to support the 'gay and suffering' citizens of the country.

WATCH: Russian Lawyer Comes Out as Trans In Protest of Anti-LGBT Laws
September 16 2013 6:18 PM ET

WATCH: Russian Lawyer Comes Out as Transgender

Sunnivie Brydum

Masha Bast, a human rights lawyer in Russia, revealed that she is transgender and spoke out against her country's violent crackdown on LGBT people.

Gay Russian Journo: 'Putin's Regime Is Acting Like a Cornered Animal'
September 16 2013 1:26 PM ET

WATCH: Gay Russian Journo Says Putin's Regime Is 'Cornered Animal'

Sunnivie Brydum

Masha Gesen, a gay journalist in Russia, continued to speak out about what she calls the Kremlin's 'gay hate campaign' in a CNN roundtable discussion last week.

Russia's Olympics Statement Mentions 'Inclusion'; Will It Help?
September 15 2013 1:25 PM ET

Russian 'Olympic Truce' On Inclusion; Will It Help?

Trudy Ring

The Olympic Truce, a statement of international goodwill, says Russia 'will promote social inclusion without discrimination of any kind.'

Video Depicts Horrific Attack on Gay Man in Russia
September 14 2013 12:15 PM ET

Video Depicts Horrific Attack on Gay Man in Russia

Trudy Ring

The man was reportedly raped with a bottle by attackers who wanted him to 'repent.'

Who Wants David Stern to ‘Shh’ on Olympics?
September 13 2013 3:43 PM ET

Who Wants David Stern to ‘Shh’ on Olympics?

Trudy Ring

The sporting world is missing an opportunity to speak against homophobia, says the NBA commissioner, but he doesn't say who's responsible for the gag order.

Stephen Colbert Orders a Lesbian Strike on Syria
September 13 2013 3:13 PM ET

WATCH: Stephen Colbert Orders a Lesbian Strike on Syria

Trudy Ring

In reaction to remarks by Russia's Vladimir Putin, an ally of Syria, Colbert has his own special strategy for military action.

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