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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: 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.

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.

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