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.

Friday the 13th is upon us, in 2013. Let's review the year's 13 biggest homophobes with The Advocate's annual Phobie Awards.

December 13 2013 4:00 AM

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.

December 12 2013 2:00 PM

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.

December 09 2013 3:02 PM

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.

December 08 2013 3:16 PM

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.

December 04 2013 2:22 PM

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

October 30 2013 5:10 PM

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.

October 28 2013 5:07 PM

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.

October 22 2013 1:26 PM

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

October 17 2013 6:37 PM Updated

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

October 11 2013 11:52 AM