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.

Life for gays and lesbians in Russia is clandestine and convoluted. But the country is inscrutable to the West, so it may be impossible to seek civil rights advances like anything we’d imagine. Photographs by Davide Monteleone

January 17 2014 2:05 PM

The Russian president contends LGBT people will be welcome in Sochi for the Winter Olympics, as long as they don't try to speak to children.

January 17 2014 11:46 AM

A new report from CNN suggests that a bill aiming to revoke the parental rights of gay and lesbian Russians is likely to be reintroduced after the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, with a few minor adjustments.

January 16 2014 6:30 PM

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

January 16 2014 4:37 AM

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

January 15 2014 6:39 PM

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

January 15 2014 2:23 PM

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

January 15 2014 1:56 PM

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

January 14 2014 2:43 PM

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.

January 14 2014 2:11 PM

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

January 13 2014 2:20 PM