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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.
Russian Deputy PM's Message to Gay Olympians: 'Please Do Not Touch Kids'
February 06 2014 3:46 PM ET

Russian Deputy PM to Gays: 'Please Do Not Touch Kids'

Sunnivie Brydum

Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak echoed President Putin's remarks, saying adults have a right to 'understand their sexual activity,' but adding, 'Please do not touch kids. That’s the only thing.'

U.N. Secretary General: 'We Must All Raise Our Voices' Against Homophobia
February 06 2014 2:43 PM ET

WATCH: U.N. Chief Condemns Homophobia in Sport

Daniel Reynolds

In remarks delivered to the International Olympic Committee, Ban Ki-Moon voiced a pro-LGBT message that advocated for 'societies of equality and tolerance.'

WATCH: Madonna's Progay Speech Introducing Pussy Riot at Amnesty's Brooklyn Concert
February 06 2014 1:53 PM ET

WATCH: Madonna's Progay Speech Introducing Pussy Riot

Jase Peeples

The queen of pop made an impassioned progay speech as she introduced Russian protest-punk band Pussy Riot at Amnesty International’s Bringing Human Rights Home concert in Brooklyn.

WATCH: Gay Russians Brutally Attacked on Camera
February 04 2014 4:22 PM ET

WATCH: Gay Russians Brutally Attacked on Camera

Sunnivie Brydum

A new video from Human Rights Watch puts on display the horrifying violence LGBT Russians face on a regular basis.

IOC President: We Are Not a 'World Government'
February 04 2014 4:11 PM ET

IOC President: We Are Not a 'World Government'

Daniel Reynolds

IOC president Thomas Bach claims that the power of the organization to influence hosting countries is limited, but confirmed that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will give a keynote address addressing Russia's antigay laws.

Major Olympic Sponsor AT&T Condemns Russia's Laws
February 04 2014 3:07 PM ET

Olympic Sponsor AT&T Condemns Russia's Laws

Michelle Garcia

The telecommunications company condemned Russia's antigay law and the violence it has spurred.

A Timeline — Because It's So Bad in Russia It's Hard to Remember Everything
February 04 2014 7:00 AM ET

A Timeline of Just How Bad It's Gotten in Russia 

Daniel Reynolds

From Pussy Riot to Putin, The Advocate outlines the key events that surrounded the passing of Russia's 'gay propaganda' laws and the aftermath leading to the Olympics.

WATCH: Parisians Protest Sochi Olympics With Visual Demonstration
February 03 2014 5:32 PM ET

WATCH: Parisians Colorfully Protest Sochi Olympics

Sunnivie Brydum

Just days before the opening ceremonies in Sochi, Russia, activists in Paris took to the streets to highlight the Olympic host country's human rights violations.

WATCH: Katy Perry and Madonna Stand Up for LGBT Russians In #GayPropaganda
February 03 2014 3:20 PM ET

WATCH: Katy Perry, Madonna Spread #GayPropaganda

Jase Peeples

Katy Perry and Madonna have released a series of haunting videos highlighting the violence and discrimination LGBT people in Russia are facing.

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