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GOP Congressman: Obama ‘Inaction’ On Russia Like US Initial Response To Hitler

by David Badash ● 9:02 PM March 1, 2014
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A Tea Party Congressman is likening President Obama’s response to Vladimir Putin’s moving Russian forces into the Ukraine to the US initial response to Hitler’s annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany.

Bigotry Watch

Putin Gives Award To Top Russian Journalist Who Said Hearts of Gays Unsuitable For Life

by David Badash ● 9:26 AM February 18, 2014
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President Vladimir Putin has given Russia’s second-highest award to a top journalist who sparked international outrage last year.

2014 Winter Olympics

Top Russian Official Overrules IOC President: Athletes Banned From Protesting

by David Badash ● 7:09 PM January 29, 2014
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The Chief Executive of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi says the President of the IOC was wrong to claim Olympic athletes are allowed to protest.

2014 Winter Olympics

Wanda Sykes Jokes Her New HRC T-Shirt Says ‘Up Yours Putin’ In Russian

by David Badash ● 11:41 AM January 29, 2014
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Wanda Sykes gave Jay Leno an HRC t-shirt, which she quipped says, “Up yours Putin,” but she aded, “don’t quote me on that.”

Celebrities

Elton John Calls Out Vladimir Putin On Russia’s ‘Propaganda Law’

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:08 PM January 23, 2014
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Elton John has offered to introduce President Vladimir Putin to gay citizens who have been tortured because of the climate created by Russia’s “Propaganda Law”

2014 Winter Olympics

Putin: Russia Should ‘Clean’ Itself Of Gay People Because They Don’t Reproduce

by David Badash ● 11:04 AM January 20, 2014
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Threatening LGBT people, Vladimir Putin is using language — like “cleanse” or “clean up,” which anyone with a smattering of knowledge of early 20th century history would cringe.

2014 Winter Olympics

Putin: Anti-Gay Law ‘Does Not Hurt Anyone’ Or Make Gays ‘Feel Second-Rate’

by David Badash ● 1:26 PM January 19, 2014
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Vladimir Putin is going on defense, and his attacks against supporters of equality are becoming increasingly offensive.

Bigotry Watch

Putin’s Church Calls For Referendum To Ban Homosexuality In Russia

by David Badash ● 9:53 AM January 10, 2014
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The Russian Orthodox Christian Church, from which President Vladimir Putin draws his base, is calling for a law to ban homosexuality in Russia.

2014 Winter Olympics

The German President Is The First Head Of State To Boycott The Sochi Games

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:10 AM December 9, 2013
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German President Joachim Gauck has informed the Kremlin that due to Russia’s human rights abuses, including their “gay propaganda” law, he will not be attending the Sochi Olympic Games.

News

Putin Puts Russia’s Most Anti-Gay Journalist In Charge Of New State News Conglomerate

by David Badash ● 10:53 AM December 9, 2013
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Vladimir Putin just scrapped the largest state-run news agency and created a new conglomerate, to be headed by the nation’s most anti-gay journalist.

Farce

New Biography Claims Vladimir Putin Lives A Life Without Sex And Is ‘Latently Gay’

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:31 AM December 4, 2013
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Vladimir Putin, champion of Russia’s “Don’t Say Gay” law, is not going to be pleased by a new biography in which speculates on his sexuality.

2014 Winter Olympics

Colbert: ‘Russia’s Olympics Endangered By Homosexuals Who Insist On Existing’

by David Badash ● 11:04 AM November 22, 2013
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Stephen Colbert’s “Sport Report” takes on Russia’s anti-gay laws and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Civil Rights

Vladimir Putin: Please Don’t Hate Gay People

by David Badash ● 1:17 PM November 21, 2013
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In what can only be described as a public relations move in the face of international outrage, Vladimir Putin now is defending his anti-gay laws, and claiming that he doesn’t want anyone to hate gay people.

Bigotry Watch

Russia Spying On ‘Homosexualists’ And Airing Audio Of LGBT ‘Threat’ On Government News

by David Badash ● 2:49 PM November 14, 2013
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Putin’s government is spying on LGBT organizations — recording audio of at least one private meeting — and then airing that audio in a news program warning of the “threat to Russia.”