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Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin (b. 7 October 1952) is the fourth and current President of Russia, incumbent since May 7, 2012. He previously served as the second President from 2000 to 2008, and as Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. During that last term (2008 to 2012) he was also the Chairman of the United Russia political party. In 2012 he was again elected President, this time for a six-year term expiring in 2018. [ Wikipedia ]

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Russian man marries pizza pie

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
"You may eat the bride."
80% of Russians oppose same-sex marriage, and the country has strict anti-LGBT propaganda laws. But this Russian just married pizza. ...

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Putin calls Elton John, promises to meet with him

Thursday, September 24, 2015
In this Sunday, July  26, 2015 file pool photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, reviews a Navy parade in Baltisk, western Russia, during celebration for Russian Navy Day. With dozens of Russian combat jets and helicopter gunships lined up at an air base in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready for a big-time show at the United Nations General Assembly. Observers expect the Russian leader to call for stronger U.N.-sanctioned global action against the Islamic State group and possibly announce some military moves in his speech on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015.
For real this time. ...

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Elton John: “Putin called me when I asked to meet on gay rights”

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, and Elton John shake hands during their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Ukraine, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.
On Instagram, the star said "thank-you to President Vladimir Putin for reaching out and speaking via telephone with me today." ...

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Anti-gay Russian lawmaker urges ban on going topless in public

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Vladimir Putin
The lawmaker emphasized the ban was only applicable outside beaches and other “zones of public recreation,” thereby excluding the scores of photographs depicting a shirtless Russian President Vlaimir Putin riding horses, fishing or swimming. ...

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The Fear of Being Gay in Russia

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Nikolai Baev, an LGBT activist, in Moscow a few days after he was detained by police.
Moscow’s first gay pride parade was held in May 2006, thirteen years after homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia. It was supposed to be a joyous occasion, the beginning of a new era of openness for the LGBT community.

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Franklin Graham: Putin’s doing what’s right for Russia, gays can go to heaven if they repent

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Despite major changes in public opinion in recent years, Rev. Franklin Graham, son of iconic American preacher Billy Graham, reiterates his strong opposition to same-sex marriage and gay adoption in an appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” ...

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Evangelist Franklin Graham: Putin is better on gay issues than Obama

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Evangelists Billy (left) and Franklin Graham
Evangelist Franklin Graham is praising Russian President Vladimir Putin for his aggressive crackdown on homosexuality, saying his record on protecting children from gay “propaganda” is better than President Obama’s “shameful” embrace of gay rights. ...

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‘Gay rights evolve on a global level’

Sunday, February 16, 2014
NBC's Harry Smith looks at the global evolution on gay rights for "Meet the Press" on Sunday, including interviews with Andy Cohen and Brian Boitano. ...

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Putin: Sports should be focus of Sochi Olympics, not debate over gay rights

Friday, February 7, 2014
Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service, RIA Novosti (AP)Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speak during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.
SOCHI, Russia — Russian President Vladimir Putin says sports should take center stage during the Winter Olympics and not debate over gay rights. ...

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Sochi’s opening show: Let Putin’s games begin

Friday, February 7, 2014
Morry Gash, APMembers of a Russian honor guard raise an Olympic flag during a welcoming ceremony at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
SOCHI, Russia — It's designed to celebrate a millennium of Russian might and this country's modern rebound, and kick off two weeks of extraordinary human endeavors and planetary sportsmanship. But the ceremony opening the Sochi Olympics on Friday, more than ...

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