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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.
3 Russians Convicted of Brutally Murdering Gay Man
February 03 2014 2:53 PM ET

Three Russians Convicted of Brutally Murdering Gay Man

Michelle Garcia

In a rare move for the Russian judicial system, three men were convicted of brutally murdering a man they perceived to be gay.

Who Has Given Russia The Coldest Shoulder, So Far?
February 03 2014 2:00 PM ET

Who Has Given Russia The Coldest Shoulder, So Far?

Michelle Garcia

While there is no one way to register unhappiness with Russia's laws and antigay violence, some are much colder than others.

Page with Letters from LGBT Teens Accused of Violating Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Ban
January 31 2014 3:26 PM ET

Do Letters from LGBT Teens VIolate Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Ban?

Sunnivie Brydum

The lawmaker who introduced St. Petersburg's ban on 'gay propaganda' filed a complaint against a journalist who hosts a social networking group that shares letters from LGBT teens.

WATCH: Reporter Recounts Harassment in Russia
January 30 2014 9:54 PM ET

WATCH: Reporter Recounts Harassment in Russia

Ran Aubrey Frazier

A Norwegian TV journalist tells of the intimidation he and his crew suffered while reporting on Olympics preparations.

Russian Activist Sues Actor Over 'Burn Gays Alive' Comment
January 30 2014 8:59 PM ET

Russian Activist Sues Actor Over 'Burn Gays Alive' Comment

Sunnivie Brydum

The LGBT activist says he doesn't expect the suit to succeed in Russian courts but hopes to bring the case to the European Court of Human Rights.

GLAAD Releases Guide for Media Covering Sochi Olympics
January 30 2014 4:12 PM ET

GLAAD Releases Guide for Media Covering Sochi Olympics

Ran Aubrey Frazier

The guide aims to help reporters tell the stories of LGBT Russians suffering under the nation's antigay policies.

IOC Member Says Russia's 'Antigay Stuff' Is Overblown
January 30 2014 3:53 PM ET

IOC Member Says Russia's 'Antigay Stuff' Is Overblown

Sunnivie Brydum

Canadian International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound says he doesn't agree with Russia's 'gay propaganda' ban, but other countries have much worse laws penalizing LGBT people.

WATCH: YouTubers Mock Homophobia in 'Mother Russia'
January 30 2014 2:58 PM ET

WATCH: YouTubers Mock Homophobia in 'Mother Russia'

Jase Peeples

In a hilarious new video, a team of YouTubers don’t just tell us why Russia is one of the gayest countries on the planet, they sing it in a show tune.

Top Russian Official Says Olympic Athletes Cannot Protest
January 30 2014 2:52 PM ET

Top Russian Official Says Olympic Athletes Cannot Protest

Sunnivie Brydum

The statement appears to contradict assurances made Monday by the president of the International Olympic Committee that athletes could make political statements at press conferences in Sochi.

Russian Church Leader Urges Lawmakers to Block Marriage Equality
January 29 2014 5:22 PM ET

Russian Church Leader Urges Lawmakers to Block Marriage Equality

Trudy Ring

Patriarch Kirill, who heads the Russian Orthodox Church, tells members of Parliament that same-sex marriage is destructive to society.

PHOTOS: Protesting Russia's Antigay Law in Tutus and Toe Shoes
January 29 2014 3:31 PM ET

PHOTOS: Protesting Russia's Laws in Tutus and Toe Shoes

Advocate.com Editors

Ballet dancers and Amnesty International activists presented a scene from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and delivered petitions to the Russian Embassy in London, in protest of Russia's 'gay propaganda' law.

New Yorker Cover Lampoons Putin
January 28 2014 9:48 PM ET

New Yorker Cover Lampoons Putin

Ran Aubrey Frazier

The cover depicts the Russian president as an Olympic figure skater, being judged by a 'jury of his peers' — all Putin.

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