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.
WATCH: Vice Takes a Ride in Russia's Underground Gay Taxi Service

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

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

Russian Actor Begs Putin to Fully Criminalize LGBT People

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

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

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

Phobie Awards: The 13 Worst People of the Year

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

Putin Slams 'Genderless, Fruitless Tolerance'

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

Putin Tightens Grip on Kremlin-Run News Agencies

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

German President Will Boycott Sochi Olympics

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

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

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.

IOC President Won't Meet With LGBT Activists in Russia

IOC President Won't Meet With LGBT Activists in Russia

But Thomas Bach did propose an alternate meeting with Russian activists at the IOC's headquarters in Switzerland.

Putin Promises Gay Olympians Will Be 'Comfortable' in Sochi

Putin Promises Gay Olympians Will Be 'Comfortable' in Sochi

Russian president Vladimir Putin told national sports officials today that his administration will 'do everything' to make sure LGBT athletes and spectators are 'comfortable' at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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