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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: Irish Actor Gives Eminem Equality Makeover With 'Putin Rap'
February 07 2014 5:21 PM ET

WATCH: Irish Actor Gives Eminem Equality Makeover With 'Putin Rap'

Jase Peeples

Irish actor Dermot Magennis bombards Russia's homophobic president with f-bombs in 'The Putin Rap.'

WATCH: LGBT Russians Arrested, Antigay Protestors Undisturbed
February 07 2014 5:01 PM ET

WATCH: Russian Cops Detain LGBT, Not Antigay Protestors

Sunnivie Brydum

In two demonstrations in Moscow and St. Petersburg, LGBT activists were arrested for violating Russia's ban on so-called gay propaganda. Meanwhile, antigay demonstrators picketing in Sochi were ignored by police.

WATCH: The Shocking Film That Tells The Truth About Russia
February 07 2014 2:16 PM ET

WATCH: Shocking Film Tells The Truth About Russia

Lucas Grindley

With the Russian PR machine in high gear for the Olympics, this British documentary uncovers what's really happening to LGBT people.

WATCH: Chevrolet To Debut LGBT-Inclusive Ads During Olympics
February 07 2014 1:09 PM ET

WATCH: Chevrolet's LGBT-Inclusive Olympic Ads

Stacy Lambe

An new TV spot brings a first for Chevrolet

Op-ed: How Gay Can I Be In Sochi?
February 07 2014 8:30 AM ET

Op-ed: How Gay Can I Be In Sochi?

Ryan Howe

A student journalist heads to Sochi to cover the Winter Games, but he was a little worried about how he might be perceived.

Why The End of Communism Didn't End Antigay Hate in Russia
February 07 2014 6:00 AM ET February 11 2014 2:35 PM ET

Why Russia's Antigay Ways Didn't End With Communism

Michael Regula

Russia may have adopted a few modern trappings, but this in-depth look examines how LGBT lives there have only gotten worse in the last several decades.

In the Galleries: Russian Alexander Kargelstev's Friends and Lovers
February 07 2014 5:00 AM ET

In the Galleries: A Russian Exile's Friends and Lovers

Christopher Harrity

Kargelstev's photos of his friends and lovers explore the instant nostalgia found in Polaroids.

Russian Activists Cited for Protest Linking Sochi Olympics to 1936 Berlin Games
February 06 2014 5:51 PM ET

WATCH: Russian Activists Compare Sochi to 1936 Berlin Olympics

Sunnivie Brydum

The activists, demonstrating at the Olympic countdown clock in St. Petersburg, were quickly cited by police officers.

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.'

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