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.
Artist Flees Russia After Cops Shut Down Show With Satirical, Homoerotic Putin Paintings
August 29 2013 1:00 PM ET

Artist Flees Russia After His Paintings of Putin Confiscated

Sunnivie Brydum

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.

Obama Cancels Putin Meeting, Has No Patience For Antigay Law
August 07 2013 12:09 PM ET

Obama Cancels on Putin, Has No Patience For Antigay Law

Michelle Garcia

President Obama responds to Russia's new antigay law.

Putin Signs Adoption Ban for Gay Foreign Couples
July 03 2013 3:23 PM ET

Putin Signs Adoption Ban for Gay Foreign Couples

Michelle Garcia

Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a bill to outlaw gay and lesbian couples from adopting Russian children.