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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: 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.

NBC Criticized for Editing of Olympics Speech
February 10 2014 8:37 PM ET

NBC Criticized for Editing of Olympics Speech

Ran Aubrey Frazier

The network removed part of International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach's comments against discrimination.

Op-ed: Protecting All Kids
February 10 2014 8:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Protecting All Kids

Eliza Byard

The law that criminalizes LGBT propaganda is intended to protect youth from provocative messages. But LGBT kids here need protecting, too.

WATCH: Exclusive Interview With Janet Napolitano and U.S. Delegation in Sochi
February 08 2014 3:52 PM ET

Exclusive in Sochi: U.S. Delegation on Why They're There

Advocate.com Editors

In partnership with United for Equality in Sports and Entertainment, The Advocate brings you interviews and coverage directly from Sochi.

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.

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