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Hundreds of Gunmen Surround Ukraine Military Base

By Dalton Bennett & David McHugh | Sunday Mar 2, 2014
Hundreds of armed men in trucks and armored vehicles surrounded a Ukrainian military base Sunday in Crimea, blocking its soldiers from leaving. The outnumbered Ukrainians placed a tank at the base’s gate, leaving the two sides in a tense standoff.

Obama, Putin: Starkly Differing Views on Ukraine

Sunday Mar 2, 2014
President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, strongly disagree over what’s at stake in the Ukraine crisis.

VIDEO: Vladimir Putin: The Unwitting Star of Sydney Gay Mardi Gras

By EDGE | Saturday Mar 1, 2014
A two kilometer parade with 10,000 sexual minority marchers and 300,000 LGBT and LGBT allied onlookers is probably the last place in the world that Russian despot and all around hate guy Vladimir Putin would want to find himself.

Putin Asks Parliament To Use Military in Ukraine

By David McHugh and Vladimir Isachenkov | Saturday Mar 1, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin asked parliament Saturday for permission to use the country’s military in Ukraine, moving to formalize troop deployments that Ukrainian officials have described as an ongoing invasion of the strategic region of Crimea.

Billie Jean King: On Sochi Olympics, Gay Rights

By Melissa Murphy | Saturday Mar 1, 2014
Billie Jean King’s taxi ride home after the Sochi Olympics included a revelation. She learned Jason Collins joined the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the first openly gay male player among the four major U.S. professional sports.

Russian Man Stabs Doctor for Proposing Gay Sex

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Feb 26, 2014
A Russian man was sentenced to nine years in jail Tuesday for the stabbing death of a doctor who suggested they have "homosexual relations."

Russian Gays Marry, Will Seek Asylum in Argentina

Tuesday Feb 25, 2014
A gay couple from Russia’s Olympic city of Sochi has gotten married in Buenos Aires and plan to seek asylum in Argentina.

Cossack ’Held Accountable’ In Attack on Pussy Riot

By Nataliya Vasilyeva | Saturday Feb 22, 2014
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said Saturday the Cossack who horsewhipped members of Pussy Riot has been "held accountable" for the attack.

Human Rights Pledge Urged for Future Olympic Hosts

By David Crary | Saturday Feb 22, 2014
Citing widespread dismay with Russia’s anti-gay laws, a coalition of more than 30 human rights and gay rights groups is calling on the Int’l Olympic Committee to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their bo

US Conservatives Praise Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws

By David Crary | Friday Feb 21, 2014
Two longtime opponents of the U.S. gay-rights movement on Friday announced formation of a coalition that will seek to persuade more countries around the world to follow Russia’s example in passing laws that restrict gay rights.