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.

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.

February 04 2014 6:00 AM

While there is no one way to register unhappiness with Russia's laws and antigay violence, some are much colder than others.

February 03 2014 1:00 PM

The cover depicts the Russian president as an Olympic figure skater, being judged by a 'jury of his peers' — all Putin.

8:48 PM

The out music legend condemned Russia’s homophobic laws while supporting the country’s LGBT community in a new statement.

January 24 2014 4:06 PM

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.

January 21 2014 4:36 PM

The Russian president contends that he can't be homophobic because he has gay friends and would like to meet Elton John.

January 20 2014 1:38 PM

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

January 19 2014 5:19 PM