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Russian Court Says Local LGBT Group is a Spy Organization

By Jason St. Amand | Tuesday Jul 22, 2014
A court in St. Petersburg, Russia, ruled this week that a local LGBT organization must register as a "foreign agent," which means that the group is a spy operation.

Lesbian Couple Flees Russia for Asylum in Argentina

By Winnie McCroy | Friday Jul 18, 2014
Afraid for their safety in a country with a growing antipathy toward gays, a Russian lesbian couple is now seeking asylum in Argentina for themselves and their teenage son.

AP Source: Missile Took Down Jet in Ukraine

Friday Jul 18, 2014
American intelligence authorities believe a surface-to-air missile took down a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a U.S. official said. It is not yet known if any Americans were on board the plane or who launched the strike.

Russian Lawmaker Wants to Ban 100-Ruble, Says it Will ’Harm’ Kids

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Jul 9, 2014
The 100-ruble note, worth about $3 USD has one Russian lawmaker seeing red, and calling for the level of currency to be banned on the grounds that it will turn children gay.

Fancy Footwear Leads Russian Orthodox Priest to Slam World Cup as a Gay ’Abomination’

By Jason St. Amand | Monday Jul 7, 2014
A Russian Orthodox priest slammed FIFA’s World Cup football (soccer) competition currently playing out in Brazil, claiming the sporting event is a "homosexual abomination" because the athletes wear brightly colored shoes.

Russia is So Anti-Gay, FIFA World Cup Can’t Be Held There

By Winnie McCroy | Monday Jul 7, 2014
As FIFA looks at Russia to host the 2018 World Cup, officials are concerned that the nation is so homophobic, it won’t jibe with FIFA’s stated mission to fight discrimination at the World Cup.

Demi Lovato’s Pride Performance Irks Mother Russia

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Jul 2, 2014
Pop star Demi Lovato riled up a number of Russians after her New York Pride performance on Sunday.

Putin Won’t Meet With Elton John to Talk Gay Rights

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Jul 2, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t talk with Sir Elton John about gay rights since Kremlin officials say they did not receive an official invitation from the pop star.

Putin to ’Improve’ Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws?

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Jun 25, 2014
While Russian President Vladimir Putin was visiting Vienna this week, he said he will look into the country’s highly controversial anti-gay laws and "improve" them in the future.

Kyrgyzstan Comes Closer to Passing ’Homosexual Propaganda’ Bill

By Jason St. Amand | Friday Jun 20, 2014
A bill that mirrors Russia’s highly controversial "homosexual propaganda" law inches closer to becoming a reality in Kyrgyzstan as the Central Asian country’s human rights committee approved the measure this week.