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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.
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.

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.

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