Vladimir Putin
The latest news about Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia. Putin generated worldwide controversy with the signing of the so-called gay propaganda laws in Russia, which prohibited LGBT representation in the media as well as public displays and protests that can be seen by children. A long-time officer in the KGB, Vladimir Putin assumed office in 2000, succeeding Boris Yeltsin after he resigned from office. Critics have questioned his status as a democratic leader, with many branding him as a dictator.
Russia Today Reporter Quits, Cites Network’s Pro-Putin Bias
July 21 2014 7:08 PM ET

Russia Today Reporter Quits, Cites Network’s Pro-Putin Bias

Rebecca Juro

RT correspondent Sara Firth quits in protest of network's pro-Russian government bias.

Op-ed: Putin’s Anti-LGBT Law Turns One
June 30 2014 4:30 AM ET

Op-ed: Putin’s Anti-LGBT Law Turns One

Ty Cobb

It's been a year since Vladimir Putin signed the law banning LGBT 'propaganda,' and HRC has released a new report documenting ways it has become more dangerous in Russia.

Putin Claims 'Gay Nazis' Behind Ukrainian Unrest
May 16 2014 2:02 PM ET

Putin Claims 'Gay Nazis' Behind Ukrainian Unrest

Sunnivie Brydum

The Russian president takes a page out of a notorious antigay American evangelical's playbook and claims that gay people are the cause of the current conflict in Ukraine.

Report: Russia Blacklisting U.S. Gay Political Funders
May 03 2014 1:37 PM ET

Report: Russia Blacklisting U.S. Gay Political Funders

Trudy Ring

The Daily Beast reports that some big LGBT donors to President Obama's election campaigns have been barred from entering Russia.

MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart Rips Billy Graham's Homophobic Son for Supporting Putin
March 25 2014 1:55 PM ET

MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart Rips Billy Graham's Homophobic Son for Supporting Putin

Ran Aubrey Frazier

On Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart reads an open letter to Franklin Graham, deeming his support of Vladimir Putin "breathtakingly offensive."

News Anchor on Russia's RT Network Quits Job in Protest
March 06 2014 5:34 PM ET

News Anchor on Russia's RT Network Quits Job on Air in Protest

Ran Aubrey Frazier

Liz Wahl, an American anchor on Russia's RT network, resigned yesterday, citing ethical and moral conflicts related to Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

Antigay Russian Journalist Receives Presidential Humanitarian Award
February 18 2014 7:34 PM ET

Putin Honors Very Antigay Journalist as Humanitarian

Ran Aubrey Frazier

Dmitry Kiselyov last year said gay people should not be organ or blood donors, and if they die in an accident, their hearts should be buried or burned to prevent transplantation.

Op-ed: An Open Letter to Vladimir Putin
February 14 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: An Open Letter to Vladimir Putin

David Reddish

Did Vladimir Putin inadvertently promote LGBT rights around the world?

A Russian Valentine We Don't Expect Putin Will Keep
February 13 2014 8:00 AM ET

A Russian Valentine We Don't Expect Putin Will Keep

Advocate.com Editors

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.

Why The End of Communism Didn't End Antigay Hate in Russia
February 07 2014 6:00 AM ET February 11 2014 2:35 PM ET

Why Russia's Antigay Ways Didn't End With Communism

Michael Regula

Russia may have adopted a few modern trappings, but this in-depth look examines how LGBT lives there have only gotten worse in the last several decades.

A Timeline — Because It's So Bad in Russia It's Hard to Remember Everything
February 04 2014 7:00 AM ET

A Timeline of Just How Bad It's Gotten in Russia 

Daniel Reynolds

From Pussy Riot to Putin, The Advocate outlines the key events that surrounded the passing of Russia's 'gay propaganda' laws and the aftermath leading to the Olympics.

Who Has Given Russia The Coldest Shoulder, So Far?
February 03 2014 2:00 PM ET

Who Has Given Russia The Coldest Shoulder, So Far?

Michelle Garcia

While there is no one way to register unhappiness with Russia's laws and antigay violence, some are much colder than others.

New Yorker Cover Lampoons Putin
January 28 2014 9:48 PM ET

New Yorker Cover Lampoons Putin

Ran Aubrey Frazier

The cover depicts the Russian president as an Olympic figure skater, being judged by a 'jury of his peers' — all Putin.

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