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.
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.

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

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

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

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

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?

Who Has Given Russia The Coldest Shoulder, So Far?

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Vladimir Putin Has Gay Friends?

Vladimir Putin Has Gay Friends?

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

Putin's PR Contradicts Reality

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

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

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

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.

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