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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.
Police Apprehend LGBT Pride Protesters in Moscow
June 01 2014 12:25 PM ET

Police Apprehend LGBT Pride Protesters in Moscow

Thom Senzee

Hauled away from police after being attacked by an onlooker, the women were taken in by police but it hasn't been reported whether or not they were charged with a crime.

Moscow Club Central Station to Reopen
May 28 2014 8:10 PM ET

Moscow Club Central Station to Reopen

Trudy Ring

The gay nightclub, which closed in March after a series of attacks, will reopen in a new location.

Putin Claims 'Gay Nazis' Behind Ukrainian Unrest
May 16 2014 2:02 PM ET

Putin Claims 'Gay Nazis' Behind Ukrainian Unrest

Sunnivie Brydum

The Russian president takes a page out of a notorious antigay American evangelical's playbook and claims that gay people are the cause of the current conflict in Ukraine.

Report: Russia Blacklisting U.S. Gay Political Funders
May 03 2014 1:37 PM ET

Report: Russia Blacklisting U.S. Gay Political Funders

Trudy Ring

The Daily Beast reports that some big LGBT donors to President Obama's election campaigns have been barred from entering Russia.

Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Law Takes Effect in Crimea
May 01 2014 1:21 PM ET

Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Law Takes Effect in Crimea

Daniel Reynolds

Authorities have canceled a Pride march and are planning more serious measures to eradicate the 'experimental practice of sodomy' in Crimea, which recently voted to become part of Russia.

Russian, Armenian Petitions Seek Drag Performer's Removal From Eurovision
April 28 2014 6:52 PM ET

Russian, Armenian Petitions Seek Drag Performer's Removal From Eurovision

Jase Peeples

Austria’s choice of bearded drag performer Conchita Wurst to compete for the country at the annual Eurovision Song Contest has several antigay nations hitting a sour note.

Antigay Protesters Disrupt Showing of LGBT Youth Film in Moscow
April 25 2014 3:41 PM ET

Antigay Protesters Disrupt Showing of LGBT Youth Film in Moscow

Trudy Ring

At the premiere screening of Children 404, a documentary on LGBT teens in Russia, protesters demanded to know if minors were present and had police check IDs.

Russian Province Declares Ban on LGBT Parades Illegal
April 05 2014 8:00 AM ET

Russian Province Declares Ban on LGBT Rallies Illegal

Sunnivie Brydum

A district court in Kostroma, Russia, has overturned rulings from lower courts that found in favor of city officials who banned two LGBT parades and events.

Kyrgyzstan Considers 'Gay Propaganda' Ban
March 28 2014 4:40 PM ET

Kyrgyzstan Considers 'Gay Propaganda' Ban

Trudy Ring

The former Soviet republic may follow the lead of Mother Russia.

WATCH: Obama Affirms LGBT Rights, Denounces Russia in Brussels Speech
March 27 2014 2:55 PM ET

WATCH: Obama Affirms LGBT Rights, Denounces Russia

Trudy Ring

'We believe in human dignity — that every person is created equal, no matter who you are, or what you look like, or who you love, or where you come from,' the president tells European youth.

MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart Rips Billy Graham's Homophobic Son for Supporting Putin
March 25 2014 1:55 PM ET

MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart Rips Billy Graham's Homophobic Son for Supporting Putin

Ran Aubrey Frazier

On Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart reads an open letter to Franklin Graham, deeming his support of Vladimir Putin "breathtakingly offensive."

March 24 2014 4:14 PM ET

G8 Summit Won't Be Held in Russia

View at BBC News

In addition to moving the G8 summit away from Sochi, Russia, other members of the group are considering suspending Russia over its recent actions involving Crimea.

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