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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.
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.

Third Russian Convicted Under 'Gay Propaganda' Law
December 20 2013 3:07 PM ET

Third Russian Convicted Under 'Gay Propaganda' Law

Trudy Ring

The activist got in trouble for holding a pro-gay sign in a public square.

Putin's Top Priority: 'Equal Terms' for Olympic Athletes
December 19 2013 4:15 PM ET

Putin's Top Priority: 'Equal Terms' for Olympic Athletes

Sunnivie Brydum

The Russian president says his nation is most concerned with producing a smooth-running Winter Olympics where all athletes are treated equally.

HRC Donates $100K to Support Russian LGBTs
December 19 2013 4:03 PM ET

HRC Donates $100K to Support Russian LGBTs

Michelle Garcia

Russia's LGBT activists get a boost from the Human Rights Campaign.

Maddow to Putin: Ha! Take That!
December 18 2013 2:49 PM ET

Maddow to Putin: Ha! Take That!

Michelle Garcia

Rachel Maddow says the U.S. delegation to the Russian Olympics seems like a snub.

Obama, Biden Won't Be at Olympics
December 17 2013 7:34 PM ET

Obama, Biden Won't Be at Olympics

Trudy Ring

In a move interpreted as a protest of Russia's antigay laws, neither the president, the vice president, nor their wives will be in the U.S. delegations to Sochi, but some out athletes will.

Russian Toy Store Under Fire for Selling Gay Propaganda Game
December 17 2013 3:35 PM ET

Russian Toy Store Under Fire for Selling Gay Propaganda Game

Daniel Reynolds

A Russian toy store chain may have violated the country's so-called gay propaganda ban by selling a controversial game.

Attackers Dismantle Roof of Moscow Gay Club
December 16 2013 8:14 PM ET

Attackers Dismantle Roof of Moscow Gay Club

Trudy Ring

It's the latest in a series of attacks on Central Station, Moscow's largest gay nightclub.

Is French President Boycotting Sochi Olympics?
December 16 2013 1:10 PM ET

Is French President Boycotting Sochi Olympics?

Sunnivie Brydum

A foreign minister announced that none of France's top officials will be in attendance at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Russian Actor: Gays Should Be Burned Alive in Ovens
December 14 2013 3:07 PM ET

Russian Actor: Gays Should Be Burned Alive in Ovens

Michelle Garcia

The star of a show loosely based on the American sitcom Scrubs says gay people should be burned alive.

WATCH: Melissa Etheridge Debuts New Anthem Supporting LGBT Russians
December 12 2013 7:08 PM ET

WATCH: Melissa Etheridge Debuts Song to Help Gay Russians

Jase Peeples

Melissa Etheridge marked the launch of Uprising of Love, a new social movement dedicated to supporting LGBT Russians, with a new song.

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