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.
Elton John Wants to Introduce Putin to LGBT Russians 'Who Deserve to Be Heard'
January 24 2014 5:06 PM ET

Elton John Wants to Introduce Putin to LGBT Russians

Jase Peeples

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?)
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.

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.

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: Vice Takes a Ride in Russia's Underground Gay Taxi Service
January 14 2014 3:43 PM ET

WATCH: Take a Ride in Russia's Underground Gay Taxi

Sunnivie Brydum

The multimedia outlet published the first of a five-part series titled 'Young and Gay in Putin's Russia.'

Russian Actor Begs Putin to Fully Criminalize LGBT People
January 08 2014 6:08 PM ET

Russian Actor Begs Putin to Fully Criminalize LGBT People

Sunnivie Brydum

The nationwide ban on so-called gay propaganda doesn't go far enough because the very existence of gay people is a threat to children, claims Ivan Okhlobystin.

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.

Phobie Awards: The 13 Worst People of the Year
December 13 2013 5:00 AM ET

Phobie Awards: The 13 Worst People of the Year

Advocate.com Editors

Friday the 13th is upon us, in 2013. Let's review the year's 13 biggest homophobes with The Advocate's annual Phobie Awards.

Defending Anti-LGBT Laws
December 12 2013 3:00 PM ET

Putin Slams 'Genderless, Fruitless Tolerance'

Sunnivie Brydum

The Russian president used his annual address to laud the nation as a defender of 'traditional values' and as a force of peace and morality.

Putin Tightens Grip on Kremlin-Run News Agencies
December 09 2013 4:02 PM ET

Putin Tightens Grip on Kremlin-Run News Agencies

Sunnivie Brydum

After dissolving one of the nation's oldest state-run news agencies, Russian president Vladimir Putin appointed a well-known, violently homophobic news anchor to lead the new media group.

German President Will Boycott Sochi Olympics
December 08 2013 4:16 PM ET

German President Will Boycott Sochi Olympics

Sunnivie Brydum

Joachim Gauck, who holds the mostly ceremonial title of President, is among the first major politicians to boycott the 2014 Olympics over host country Russia's human rights violations.

Russia's High Court Declares 'Gay Propaganda' Ban Constitutional
December 04 2013 3:22 PM ET

Russia's High Court: 'Gay Propaganda' Ban Is Constitutional

Sunnivie Brydum

Russia's Constitutional Court dismissed a challenge from one of the nation's most prominent LGBT activists contending that the nationwide ban on so-called gay propaganda violated the Russian Constitution.

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