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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.
What Is the Media's Role in Pushing for LGBT Rights in Russia?
January 23 2014 5:21 PM ET

What's the Media's Role in Pushing for Rights in Russia?

Advocate.com Editors

A panel of journalists and entertainers tackled the question Thursday, along with other issues regarding LGBT people and the media.

Op-ed: From the Parade to the Front Lines
January 23 2014 2:45 AM ET

Stoli Announces Major Donation to LGBT Group

John Esposito

The president of SPI North America, known for its Stoli brand of vodka, reacts to Russia’s antigay laws with a program aimed at developing LGBT leaders worldwide.

WATCH: Russian Activist Detained for Unfurling Rainbow Flag
January 22 2014 3:56 PM ET

WATCH: Russian Activist Detained for Unfurling Rainbow Flag

Sunnivie Brydum

Pavel Lebedev was tackled to the ground and detained by police Saturday after he waved a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch's procession through the Russian town of Voronezh.

WATCH: Glenn Beck: Antigay Folks Not My Friends (Or Are They?)
January 21 2014 5:36 PM ET

WATCH: Glenn Beck: Antigay Folks Not My Friends (Or Are They?)

Trudy Ring

In a wide-ranging radio segment touching on figures as diverse as Andrew Cuomo and Vladimir Putin, Beck claims he has no use for homophobes — yet he's certainly worked with some.

Antigay Russian Neo-Nazi Arrested in Cuba
January 21 2014 2:27 PM ET

Antigay Russian Neo-Nazi Arrested in Cuba

Sunnivie Brydum

Homophobic, violent neo-Nazi Maxim Martsinkevich was arrested in Cuba over the weekend and will be extradited to Russia to face charges of extremism.

WATCH: Vice Is 'Young and Gay in Putin's Russia'
January 20 2014 4:42 PM ET

WATCH: Vice Is 'Young and Gay in Putin's Russia'

Sunnivie Brydum

Vice published its full video report on the homophobic environment in Russia, going inside the nation's underground LGBT communities and confronting members of the Orthodox Church.

Vladimir Putin Has Gay Friends?
January 20 2014 2:38 PM ET

Vladimir Putin Has Gay Friends?

Sunnivie Brydum

The Russian president contends that he can't be homophobic because he has gay friends and would like to meet Elton John.

Putin's PR Contradicts Reality
January 19 2014 6:19 PM ET

Putin's PR Contradicts Reality

Lucas Grindley

Russia's president claims no one is discriminated against and no one is hurt by antigay laws — meanwhile, arrests continue.

NBC's Maria Sharapova Isn't Going to Talk About LGBT People
January 18 2014 1:46 PM ET

Don't Ask NBC's Maria Sharapova to Talk About Gay Russia

Lucas Grindley

As part of NBC's Olympics coverage, the tennis star is assigned to share stories about how beautiful it is to live in Russia, where she's from.

Love In Putin's Russia
January 17 2014 3:05 PM ET

Love In Putin's Russia

Chadwick Moore

Life for gays and lesbians in Russia is clandestine and convoluted. But the country is inscrutable to the West, so it may be impossible to seek civil rights advances like anything we’d imagine. Photographs by Davide Monteleone

Putin to Gays: Leave Kids Alone and You'll Be Safe
January 17 2014 12:46 PM ET

Putin to Gays: Leave Kids Alone and You'll Be Safe

Sunnivie Brydum

The Russian president contends LGBT people will be welcome in Sochi for the Winter Olympics, as long as they don't try to speak to children.

WATCH: Will Russia Take Kids From Gay Parents After Olympics?
January 16 2014 7:30 PM ET

WATCH: Will Russia Take Kids From Gay Parents After Olympics?

Sunnivie Brydum

A new report from CNN suggests that a bill aiming to revoke the parental rights of gay and lesbian Russians is likely to be reintroduced after the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, with a few minor adjustments.

Op-ed: Russia Last in Race for Human Rights
January 16 2014 5:37 AM ET

Op-ed: Russia Last in Race for Human Rights

Sarah Gouveia

What will provoke Russia to change its ways on LGBT rights and the freedom of expression?

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