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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.
Putin: Tchaikovski Was Gay? So What?
September 04 2013 1:20 PM ET

Putin: Tchaikovsky Was Gay? So What?

Michelle Garcia

Putin says Russians like Tchaikovsky's music even though he was gay.

Meet Rep. Brian Sims: Philly's Brains and Brawn With a Cause
August 30 2013 7:00 AM ET

Meet Rep. Brian Sims: Philly's Brains and Brawn With a Cause

Roman Feeser

Pennsylvania's first openly gay elected official on being an out athlete, Russia's antigay Winter Olympics, and serving the Northeast's lone marriage equality holdout.

Artist Flees Russia After Cops Shut Down Show With Satirical, Homoerotic Putin Paintings
August 29 2013 1:00 PM ET

Artist Flees Russia After His Paintings of Putin Confiscated

Sunnivie Brydum

Konstantin Altunin has reportedly fled Russia after authorities confiscated several of his paintings and shut down an art exhibit that was critical of President Vladimir Putin.

WATCH: NHL Star Sidney Crosby Doesn't Agree With Russia's Antigay Law
August 26 2013 1:45 PM ET

WATCH: NHL Star Doesn't Agree With Russia's Antigay Law

Sunnivie Brydum

The captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins says that having grown up in Canada, he doesn't understand why Russia is so opposed to LGBT equality.

Russian Lawmaker Wants to Offer Free 'Ex-Gay' Therapy
August 26 2013 12:45 PM ET

Russian Lawmaker Wants to Offer Free 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Sunnivie Brydum

The high-ranking official also wants to reinstate Russia's ban on gay people giving blood or donating organs.

WATCH: Gay U.S. Reporter Kicked Off Russian News for Pro-LGBT Outburst
August 22 2013 2:13 PM ET

WATCH: Gay U.S. Reporter Kicked Off Russian News for Pro-LGBT Outburst

Sunnivie Brydum

Award-winning journalist and former Advocate columnist Jamie Kirchick was silenced by a government-owned TV station after he criticized Russia's ban on so-called homosexual propaganda.

Powerful Russian News Anchor: Gay Hearts Should Be Burned
August 11 2013 12:44 PM ET

Russian News Anchor: Gay Hearts Should Be Burned

Neal Broverman

An influential Russian talking head says gays are unsuitable for organ donation.

Op-ed: Why Russia's Vodka Dump Isn't Enough
August 07 2013 5:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Why Russia's Vodka Dump Isn't Enough

Michelle Garcia

This boycott is a fun idea and all, but Russians don't care if we don't drink their booze.

Putin Signs Adoption Ban for Gay Foreign Couples
July 03 2013 3:23 PM ET

Putin Signs Adoption Ban for Gay Foreign Couples

Michelle Garcia

Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a bill to outlaw gay and lesbian couples from adopting Russian children.

Putin Signs Russian Ban on 'Homosexual Propaganda'
July 01 2013 2:37 PM ET

Putin Signs Russian Ban on 'Homosexual Propaganda'

Sunnivie Brydum

The law will impose steep fines on any individual, media, or legal entity discussing "non-traditional sexual relations."

Putin Channels Anita Bryant, Says Russian Antigay Law Protects Children
June 28 2013 2:50 PM ET

Putin's Latest Lie: Russian Gays Aren't Discriminated Against

Sunnivie Brydum

The Russian president says gays and lesbians are "not discriminated against in any way" in his country, despite a law that passed the lower house of Parliament unanimously banning discussion of or "promoting homosexuality to minors."

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