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.
August 29 2013 1:00 PM ET
Konstantin Altunin has reportedly fled Russia after authorities confiscated several of his paintings and shut down an art exhibit that was critical of President Vladimir Putin.
August 07 2013 12:09 PM ET
President Obama responds to Russia's new antigay law.