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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 Member Says Russia's 'Antigay Stuff' Is Overblown

IOC Member Says Russia's 'Antigay Stuff' Is Overblown

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.

WATCH: YouTubers Mock Homophobia in 'Mother Russia'

WATCH: YouTubers Mock Homophobia in 'Mother Russia'

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

Top Russian Official Says Olympic Athletes Cannot Protest

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

Russian Church Leader Urges Lawmakers to Block Marriage Equality

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

PHOTOS: Protesting Russia's Laws in Tutus and Toe Shoes

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

New Yorker Cover Lampoons Putin

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

Coke Apologizes for Antigay Social Media Tool

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

Sochi Mayor: We Don't Have Gays in Our Town

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

The Long History of Olympic Protests

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

WATCH: Broadway's Best Respond to Russia's Antigay Law

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

WATCH: Activists Brilliantly Remix Coke Ad to Protest Olympics

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'

Elton John Wants to Introduce Putin to LGBT Russians

The out music legend condemned Russia’s homophobic laws while supporting the country’s LGBT community in a new statement.

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