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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.
Op-ed: Why FIFA Needs to Move the World Cup
February 28 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Why FIFA Needs to Move the World Cup

James Lavin

With ample time, the organization that governs a different international sporting event — World Cup soccer — can ditch Russia and Qatar for more inclusive host countries.

WATCH: LGBT Pride in Moscow's Red Square
February 23 2014 7:09 PM ET

WATCH: LGBT Pride in Moscow's Red Square

Trudy Ring

Well, not exactly. But as part of a new social change initiative, UNHATE News, young people are submitting stories of news they'd like to see — and they have a chance to get U.N. support for their causes.

Sochi's Soundtrack: Viral Videos Protest Russia's LGBT Hatred
February 21 2014 3:02 PM ET

Sochi’s Soundtrack: Viral Videos Protest Russia’s LGBT Hatred

Kevin OKeeffe

From Pussy Riot to a revamped Coke ad, there's been no shortage of Sochi spoofing this winter.

LGBT Social Network Doesn't Violate 'Gay Propaganda' Ban
February 21 2014 2:53 PM ET

LGBT Social Network Doesn't Violate 'Gay Propaganda' Ban

Sunnivie Brydum

A Russian judge ruled that the administrator of an LGBT support group on social networks did not violate the country's ban on 'gay propaganda' to minors.

WATCH: HRC Links Antigay Americans to Russia's Anti-LGBT Climate
February 20 2014 3:54 PM ET

WATCH: HRC Links Antigay Americans to Russia's Anti-LGBT Climate

Sunnivie Brydum

A new video from the Human Rights Campaign takes American antigay activists to task for stoking the flames of LGBT hatred in Russia.

If You Ask These Queens, Sochi's Gay Scene Is No Drag
February 19 2014 6:00 AM ET

If You Ask These Queens, Sochi's Gay Scene Is No Drag

Ryan Howe

While in Russia, we explored the short history of Sochi’s drag culture and the queens who started it.

Antigay Russian Journalist Receives Presidential Humanitarian Award
February 18 2014 7:34 PM ET

Putin Honors Very Antigay Journalist as Humanitarian

Ran Aubrey Frazier

Dmitry Kiselyov last year said gay people should not be organ or blood donors, and if they die in an accident, their hearts should be buried or burned to prevent transplantation.

Op-ed: An Open Letter to Vladimir Putin
February 14 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: An Open Letter to Vladimir Putin

David Reddish

Did Vladimir Putin inadvertently promote LGBT rights around the world?

Russia Strengthens Adoption Ban
February 13 2014 6:27 PM ET

Russia Strengthens Adoption Ban

Trudy Ring

Newly signed legislation bars single people from marriage equality nations from adopting Russian children and reiterates the prohibition on adoptions by same-sex couples.

WATCH: ABC Goes Inside Moscow's Embattled Gay Club
February 13 2014 3:37 PM ET

WATCH: ABC Goes Inside Moscow's Gay Club

Sunnivie Brydum

ABC News aired a brief segment highlighting just some of the violence and systemic harassment LGBT people face in Vladimir Putin's Russia.

A Russian Valentine We Don't Expect Putin Will Keep
February 13 2014 8:00 AM ET

A Russian Valentine We Don't Expect Putin Will Keep

Advocate.com Editors

Damian Siqueiros's "To Russia with Love" crowd-funding project portrays iconic queer figures from Russia's history, tracing a line from 19th century to the present.

Russian Embassy Compares Its Nation's Homophobia to U.K. 'Ginger' Hate
February 12 2014 3:12 PM ET

Russia Compares Its Homophobia to U.K. 'Ginger' Hate

Sunnivie Brydum

Responding to a British documentary exposing Russia's violent antigay climate, the Russian embassy in London claims Russia's anti-LGBT sentiment is no worse than the U.K.'s harassment of redheads.

WATCH: Buddy Cole of 'Kids in the Hall' Probes Russia's Antigay Law
February 11 2014 1:35 PM ET

WATCH: Buddy Cole of Kids in the Hall Probes Russia's Antigay Law

Patrick Yacco

Appearing in character on The Colbert Report, actor Scott Thompson spoke with gay U.S. ambassador Dan Baer about the infamous statute.

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