Russia

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.
A Russian Valentine We Don't Expect Putin Will Keep

A Russian Valentine We Don't Expect Putin Will Keep

Damian Siqueiros's "To Russia with Love" crowd-funding project portrays iconic queer figures from Russia's history, tracing a line from 19th century to the present.

Russian Embassy Compares Its Nation's Homophobia to U.K. 'Ginger' Hate

Russia Compares Its Homophobia to U.K. 'Ginger' Hate

Responding to a British documentary exposing Russia's violent antigay climate, the Russian embassy in London claims Russia's anti-LGBT sentiment is no worse than the U.K.'s harassment of redheads.

WATCH: Buddy Cole of 'Kids in the Hall' Probes Russia's Antigay Law

WATCH: Buddy Cole of Kids in the Hall Probes Russia's Antigay Law

Appearing in character on The Colbert Report, actor Scott Thompson spoke with gay U.S. ambassador Dan Baer about the infamous statute.

NBC Criticized for Editing of Olympics Speech

NBC Criticized for Editing of Olympics Speech

The network removed part of International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach's comments against discrimination.

Op-ed: Protecting All Kids

Op-ed: Protecting All Kids

The law that criminalizes LGBT propaganda is intended to protect youth from provocative messages. But LGBT kids here need protecting, too.

WATCH: Exclusive Interview With Janet Napolitano and U.S. Delegation in Sochi

Exclusive in Sochi: U.S. Delegation on Why They're There

In partnership with United for Equality in Sports and Entertainment, The Advocate brings you interviews and coverage directly from Sochi.

WATCH: Irish Actor Gives Eminem Equality Makeover With 'Putin Rap'

WATCH: Irish Actor Gives Eminem Equality Makeover With 'Putin Rap'

Irish actor Dermot Magennis bombards Russia's homophobic president with f-bombs in 'The Putin Rap.'

WATCH: LGBT Russians Arrested, Antigay Protestors Undisturbed

WATCH: Russian Cops Detain LGBT, Not Antigay Protestors

In two demonstrations in Moscow and St. Petersburg, LGBT activists were arrested for violating Russia's ban on so-called gay propaganda. Meanwhile, antigay demonstrators picketing in Sochi were ignored by police.

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