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.
IOC President Won't Meet With LGBT Activists in Russia
October 30 2013 5:10 PM ET

IOC President Won't Meet With LGBT Activists in Russia

Sunnivie Brydum

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
October 28 2013 5:07 PM ET

Putin Promises Gay Olympians Will Be 'Comfortable' in Sochi

Sunnivie Brydum

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.

Trans Woman Commits Suicide After Firing Under Russia's 'Propaganda' Ban
October 22 2013 1:26 PM ET

Trans Woman Commits Suicide After Firing Under Russia's 'Propaganda' Ban

Sunnivie Brydum

Dasha Stern was 22 years old when she took her own life after being fired under Russia's nationwide ban on so-called homosexual propaganda.

Thomas Roberts Will Go to Russia to 'Prove There's Hope'
October 17 2013 6:37 PM ET October 24 2013 12:37 AM ET

WATCH: Thomas Roberts's 'Tremendous Hypocrisy' in Russia

Sunnivie Brydum

The out MSNBC anchor will serve as a cohost of the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, scheduled to take place in Moscow this November.

WATCH: Rachel Maddow on Russia's American-Made Antigay Climate
October 11 2013 11:52 AM ET

WATCH: Rachel Maddow on NOM's Meddling in Russia

Sunnivie Brydum

The out MSNBC anchor contends that 'a virulently antigay Russia' was 'made in America.'

WATCH: Olympic Torch Extinguished in Moscow
October 07 2013 8:40 PM ET

WATCH: Olympic Torch Extinguished in Moscow

Sunnivie Brydum

We'll make no comment about that particularly fabulous snowsuit he's wearing.

David Cameron Includes LGBT Equality in Tory Conference Speech
October 02 2013 6:30 PM ET

David Cameron Includes LGBT Equality in Tory Conference Speech

Nicholas Cimarusti

During his Conservative Party Conference speech, British Prime Minister David Cameron praises LGBT acceptance as one of Britain's best achievements.

Putin Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
October 02 2013 12:23 PM ET

Putin Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Michelle Garcia

Russian president Vladimir Putin may be considered for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

IOC 'Completely Satisfied' With Russia's Anti-LGBT Laws
September 26 2013 2:35 PM ET

IOC 'Completely Satisfied' With Russia's Anti-LGBT Laws

Sunnivie Brydum

The International Olympic Committee said it doesn't have the authority to interfere with the laws of the nation hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics.

John McCain Condemns Russia's Antigay Bigotry
September 20 2013 8:54 PM ET

John McCain Condemns Russia's Antigay Bigotry

Trudy Ring

McCain writes an op-ed calling out the nation's generally repressive climate, including its antigay laws, and he gets some praise and some ribbing.

Putin Stays on Antigay Offensive
September 20 2013 6:35 PM ET

Putin Stays on Antigay Offensive

Trudy Ring

Equating same-sex relationships with 'traditional' families is like equating belief in God with belief in Satan, the Russian president said Thursday.

Stephen Colbert Orders a Lesbian Strike on Syria
September 13 2013 3:13 PM ET

WATCH: Stephen Colbert Orders a Lesbian Strike on Syria

Trudy Ring

In reaction to remarks by Russia's Vladimir Putin, an ally of Syria, Colbert has his own special strategy for military action.

Op-ed: So, Vladimir Putin Thinks God Made Us All Equal?
September 13 2013 7:00 AM ET

Op-ed: So, Vladimir Putin Thinks God Made Us All Equal?

Sunnivie Brydum

If only Russia's president would follow his own advice.

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