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Anti-Gay Pastor Scott Lively: Putin is ’Defender of Human Rights’

By Winnie McCroy | Thursday Mar 13, 2014
Anti-gay pastor Scott Lively stepped up to say that Russian President Vladimir Putin was a "defender of true human rights" for his recent decisions to target the LGBT community and to invade Ukraine.

Farewell, Sochi! Russia Closes the Costliest Olympics

By John Leicester | Sunday Feb 23, 2014
Flushed with pride after a spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrates 17 days of sport-driven global unity on Sunday night.

UK’s "Hunted" Doc Outlines Russia’s Anti-Gay Torture Gangs

By Winnie McCroy | Friday Feb 7, 2014
The program "Dispatches" on the UK’s Channel 4 News is tracking the actions of Russia’s vigilante gangs, who roam the streets in packs looking for gays to torture, in what they call "going on safari."

IOC Official: Terrorism Only an Issue Because No One Cares About Anti-Gay Law

By Winnie McCroy | Wednesday Jan 29, 2014
A Canadian official from the International Olympic Committee says the concern over terrorist activities at the upcoming Sochi Olympics is the result of the media losing interest in Russia’s highly controversial anti-gay laws.

The Show Will Go On, Says Elton John

By Winnie McCroy | Friday Dec 6, 2013
The Elton John concert planned for Russia will go ahead, despite his concerns about their anti-gay propaganda law.

Putin: No Discrimination Against Gays at Olympics

Monday Oct 28, 2013
President Vladimir Putin promised Monday that gay athletes and guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will feel at ease, seeking to assuage fears fueled by a recent Russian law banning gay "propaganda."

Gay Paralympic Equestrian Says He’ll Face Jail to Stand Up to Putin

By Winnie McCroy | Thursday Oct 17, 2013
Openly gay Paralympic equestrian gold medalist Lee Pearson is prepared to go to jail to bring the global spotlight to the crackdown on gay rights in Russia.

Russian Official Says ’Nyet’ to Seattle Mayor’s Protests

By Winnie McCroy | Tuesday Sep 17, 2013
A top Russian official is up in arms after discovering that the mayor of Seattle joined a protest in front of the local Russian consulate against the country’s stringent new anti-gay laws.

’Phobe to ’Phobe :: McCain to Rebut Putin -- in ’Pravda?’

By Kilian Melloy | Saturday Sep 14, 2013
Reports that Senator John McCain is preparing to respond to Vladimir Putin’s recent New York Times op-ed in the pages of Russia’s own Communist newspaper Pravda may have been overstated.

Putin Offers Assurances on Gay Rights at Olympics

By Lynn Berry | Wednesday Sep 4, 2013
President Vladimir Putin sought to ease concerns that Russia’s new anti-gay law would be used to punish athletes who display rainbow flags during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, while insisting that gays are not discriminated against in his country.