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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: Vice Takes a Ride in Russia's Underground Gay Taxi Service
January 14 2014 3:43 PM ET

WATCH: Take a Ride in Russia's Underground Gay Taxi

Sunnivie Brydum

The multimedia outlet published the first of a five-part series titled 'Young and Gay in Putin's Russia.'

Ian McKellen and 27 Nobel Laureates Demand Russia Repeal Antigay Laws
January 14 2014 3:11 PM ET

Ian McKellen and 27 Nobel Laureates Angry With Russia

Jase Peeples

With the Sochi Winter Olympics only weeks away, nearly 30 Nobel laureates have joined with Sir Ian McKellen in an open protest of Russia’s homophobic 'gay propaganda' law.

Michigan RNC Member: Russia's Antigay Law Is 'Common Sense'
January 13 2014 3:20 PM ET

RNC Member: Russia's Antigay Law Is 'Common Sense'

Trudy Ring

Republican National Committee member Dave Agema has added to his record of outrageously homophobic remarks.

Manager of Moscow Gay Nightspot Seeks Asylum in U.S.
January 10 2014 8:33 PM ET

Manager of Moscow Gay Nightspot Seeks Asylum in U.S.

Trudy Ring

Arkady Gyngazov has left his position at the club and come to the U.S., as he says he feels unsafe in Russia.

State Department Warns LGBT Americans Traveling to Russia
January 10 2014 7:46 PM ET

State Dept. Warns LGBT Olympic Spectators

Sunnivie Brydum

In advance of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory for American citizens.

Russian Church Leader Proposes Criminalizing Homosexuality
January 10 2014 2:57 PM ET

Russian Church Leader Proposes Criminalizing Homosexuality

Trudy Ring

Citizens should vote on the matter in a referendum, says church spokesman Vsevolod Chaplin.

Russian Actor Begs Putin to Fully Criminalize LGBT People
January 08 2014 6:08 PM ET

Russian Actor Begs Putin to Fully Criminalize LGBT People

Sunnivie Brydum

The nationwide ban on so-called gay propaganda doesn't go far enough because the very existence of gay people is a threat to children, claims Ivan Okhlobystin.

Costas Wants Putin to Talk About Anti-LGBT Law During NBC's Olympic Coverage
January 08 2014 3:11 PM ET

Costas Wants Putin To Talk About Anti-LGBT Law

Michelle Garcia

One way or another, NBC will not shy away from reporting on Russia's anti-LGBT laws.

Putin Slightly Eases Protest Ban During Olympics
January 04 2014 1:25 PM ET

Putin Slightly Eases Protest Ban During Olympics

Michelle Garcia

Russian officials will allow protests during the Olympics, but only sanctioned demonstrations.

What Would Brian Boitano Do in Russia?
January 03 2014 2:35 PM ET

What Would Brian Boitano Do in Russia?

Jami Smith

The Internet is missing an opportunity for a "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" sequel.

Reports: Spain to Sign Accord With Russia Barring Gays From Adopting
December 31 2013 5:00 AM ET

Will Spain Sign Deal With Russia Barring Gays From Adopting?

Alex J Davidson

Spain looks set to follow Italy in agreeing to prevent same-sex couples from adopting Russian children; the U.K. and Israel could be next, reports say.

Canada Prepares for Things to Go Wrong in Sochi
December 30 2013 8:00 AM ET

Canada Prepares for Things to Go Wrong in Sochi

Lucas Grindley

Canada wants a reliable point of contact should one of its citizens be detained during the Olympics.

WATCH: Step Inside Sochi's Gay Nightclub
December 20 2013 3:17 PM ET

WATCH: Step Inside Sochi's Gay Nightclub

Nicholas Cimarusti

A CNN news report shows that the patrons and owner of a gay-friendly bar in Sochi, Russia, and reveals that they do not support a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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