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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.
Coke Apologizes for Antigay Social Media Tool
January 28 2014 3:02 PM ET

Coke Apologizes for Antigay Social Media Tool

Sunnivie Brydum

The Olympics sponsor contends programming was to blame for responses that many considered antigay when pro-LGBT words were entered into various interactive portions of the brand's site.

Sochi Mayor: We Don't Have Gays in Our Town
January 27 2014 2:00 PM ET

Sochi Mayor: We Don't Have Gays in Our Town

Sunnivie Brydum

Sochi mayor Anatoly Pakhomov says there are no gay people in his Russian town — at least none that he knows of.

The Long History of Olympic Boycotts, Protests and Demonstrations
January 27 2014 10:00 AM ET

The Long History of Olympic Protests

Michelle Garcia

Geopolitics have always been associated with the Olympics, and this year will be no exception.

WATCH: Broadway's Best Respond to Russia's Antigay Law
January 26 2014 7:30 AM ET

WATCH: Broadway's Best Respond to Russia's Antigay Law

Trudy Ring

A starry cast tackles a serious topic with sharp humor in a new video.

WATCH: Coke Ad Gets an Unforgettable Makeover as Protest for Sponsoring Olympics
January 25 2014 2:07 PM ET

WATCH: Activists Brilliantly Remix Coke Ad to Protest Olympics

Trudy Ring

Queer Nation has released a video putting a new spin on a classic Coke ad, while some LGBT advocates are using a McDonald's Twitter hashtag to protest Russia's antigay laws.

Elton John Wants to Introduce Putin to LGBT Russians 'Who Deserve to Be Heard'
January 24 2014 5:06 PM ET

Elton John Wants to Introduce Putin to LGBT Russians

Jase Peeples

The out music legend condemned Russia’s homophobic laws while supporting the country’s LGBT community in a new statement.

Russian Prime Minister: 'No Problem at All' With Gay Propaganda Ban
January 24 2014 3:28 PM ET

Russian PM: 'No Problem at All' With Gay Propaganda Ban

Sunnivie Brydum

Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that he has no knowledge of the 'gay propaganda' ban being enforced and that he hasn't heard any complaints from LGBT Russians.

What Is the Media's Role in Pushing for LGBT Rights in Russia?
January 23 2014 5:21 PM ET

What's the Media's Role in Pushing for Rights in Russia?

Advocate.com Editors

A panel of journalists and entertainers tackled the question Thursday, along with other issues regarding LGBT people and the media.

Op-ed: From the Parade to the Front Lines
January 23 2014 2:45 AM ET

Stoli Announces Major Donation to LGBT Group

John Esposito

The president of SPI North America, known for its Stoli brand of vodka, reacts to Russia’s antigay laws with a program aimed at developing LGBT leaders worldwide.

WATCH: Russian Activist Detained for Unfurling Rainbow Flag
January 22 2014 3:56 PM ET

WATCH: Russian Activist Detained for Unfurling Rainbow Flag

Sunnivie Brydum

Pavel Lebedev was tackled to the ground and detained by police Saturday after he waved a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch's procession through the Russian town of Voronezh.

WATCH: Glenn Beck: Antigay Folks Not My Friends (Or Are They?)
January 21 2014 5:36 PM ET

WATCH: Glenn Beck: Antigay Folks Not My Friends (Or Are They?)

Trudy Ring

In a wide-ranging radio segment touching on figures as diverse as Andrew Cuomo and Vladimir Putin, Beck claims he has no use for homophobes — yet he's certainly worked with some.

Antigay Russian Neo-Nazi Arrested in Cuba
January 21 2014 2:27 PM ET

Antigay Russian Neo-Nazi Arrested in Cuba

Sunnivie Brydum

Homophobic, violent neo-Nazi Maxim Martsinkevich was arrested in Cuba over the weekend and will be extradited to Russia to face charges of extremism.

WATCH: Vice Is 'Young and Gay in Putin's Russia'
January 20 2014 4:42 PM ET

WATCH: Vice Is 'Young and Gay in Putin's Russia'

Sunnivie Brydum

Vice published its full video report on the homophobic environment in Russia, going inside the nation's underground LGBT communities and confronting members of the Orthodox Church.

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