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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.
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.

WATCH: Elton John Slams 'Inhumane, Isolating' Anti-LGBT Laws In Russia

WATCH: Elton John Takes Stage in Russia, Doesn't Hold Back

The out musician also dedicated his Moscow performance to a 23-year-old gay Russian who was brutally murdered after coming out to his friends earlier this year.

Lady Gaga Congratulates Tom Daley, Urges Boycott of Sochi Olympics

Lady Gaga Urges Boycott of Sochi Olympics

The bisexual singer had nothing but applause for the British Olympic diver’s decision to come out this week and made it clear she believes a boycott of the upcoming Winter Games in Sochi is necessary.

WATCH: New 'It Gets Better' Campaign Aimed at Russian LGBT Youth

WATCH: It Gets Better Speaks to Russian LGBT Youth

The organization that has brought hope to millions of LGBT people around the world responds to Russia’s antigay laws with a new campaign.

Russia's High Court Declares 'Gay Propaganda' Ban Constitutional

Russia's High Court: 'Gay Propaganda' Ban Is Constitutional

Russia's Constitutional Court dismissed a challenge from one of the nation's most prominent LGBT activists contending that the nationwide ban on so-called gay propaganda violated the Russian Constitution.

Russia Makes Mad Magazine's List of 20 Dumbest Things

Russia Makes Mad Magazine's List of 20 Dumbest Things

Mad magazine's year-end '20 Dumbest People, Events, and Things' issue includes Russia among the worst of 2013 for the country’s appalling treatment of LGBT people.

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