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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 Claims 'Gay Nazis' Behind Ukrainian Unrest

Putin Claims 'Gay Nazis' Behind Ukrainian Unrest

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

Report: Russia Blacklisting U.S. Gay Political Funders

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

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

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

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

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

Antigay Protesters Disrupt Showing of LGBT Youth Film in Moscow

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

Russian Province Declares Ban on LGBT Rallies Illegal

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

Kyrgyzstan Considers 'Gay Propaganda' Ban

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

WATCH: Obama Affirms LGBT Rights, Denounces Russia in Brussels Speech

WATCH: Obama Affirms LGBT Rights, Denounces Russia

'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

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

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

G8 Summit Won't Be Held in Russia

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.

Moscow's Largest Gay Club Shuts Its Doors

Moscow's Largest Gay Club Shuts Its Doors

After a series of antigay vigilante attacks, Central Station will close its doors for good.

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