News from within the borders of Russia and the fight for LGBT equality there. The country's president, Vladimir Putin, ignited an international firestorm in the summer after signing the so-called gay propaganda law, which prohibits positive depictions of LGBT people in the Russian media. Russia is a country in southern Eurasia. It is also the world's largest country, although it ranks eighth most populous. Russia has a rich cultural heritage, and has contributed such figures as Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Anton Chekhov, Anna Pavlova, and Igor Stravinsky.

Putin and Chechen authorities say gay men have not been tortured and killed, but journalists in Russia are sticking to their reports.

April 20 2017 4:49 PM

"If my family knew that I was gay, they would have killed me long ago," an anonymous gay man from the Russian province explained to AFP.

April 20 2017 3:14 PM

A group is hoping to start a "rainbow railroad" from Chechnya to Canada. 

April 18 2017 4:32 PM

Muslim clerics issued a resolution following the report about authorities rounding up gay men, promising "retribution" for those working at the newspaper, "with no statute of limitations."

April 17 2017 8:50 PM

If the reports of official violence are true, "this violation of human rights cannot be ignored," says Haley. 

April 17 2017 7:48 PM

The Trump administration should raise the issue directly with Russia, the former vice president says.

April 14 2017 6:07 PM

The Kremlin says there's nothing to see in Chechyna, but journalists in the region disagree. 

April 14 2017 2:58 PM