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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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.” [ Read more → ]
Evangelists Billy (left) and Franklin Graham

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

Saturday, March 15, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]

‘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. [ Read more → ]
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.

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

Friday, February 7, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — Russian President Vladimir Putin says sports should take center stage during the Winter Olympics and not debate over gay rights. [ Read more → ]
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’s opening show: Let Putin’s games begin

Friday, February 7, 2014
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 anything, will be about one man: Vladimir Putin. [ Read more → ]
Queer nationQueer nation activists protest outside the Russian consulate in New York City on Thursday.

Gay rights activists protest outside NYC Russian consulate

Thursday, February 6, 2014
NEW YORK -- More than 100 members of the gay activist group Queer Nation and others who oppose the Russian government’s continued attacks on human rights, including the rights of LGBT Russians, marked the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games with a raucous protest directly in front of the Russian consulate in New York City at noon today. [ Read more → ]
Elena Ignatyeva, APA gay rights activist holds a banner in front of a large clock showing the number of days left until the start of the Olympic games as a police officer approaches, left, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Russian gay rights activists protested the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi. Two activists unfurled banners reading “Berlin 1936 = Sochi 2014,” referring to the Olympic Games that were held in the capital of Nazi Germany.

More Olympic-linked furor over Russia’s anti-gay law ahead of Sochi games

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Protesters in cities around the world targeted major Olympic sponsors Wednesday, just ahead of the Winter Games in Sochi, urging them to speak out against Russia's law restricting gay-rights activities. Two more sponsors of the U.S. Olympic team condemned the law, but leading global sponsors did not join them. [ Read more → ]

Putin promotes cuddly image as Sochi Olympics near

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — Vladimir Putin, rugged outdoorsman and tough-guy Russian president, promoted a cuddly image Tuesday as his Olympics drew near. Putin checked in at a preserve for endangered Persian leopards and visited a group of cubs born last summer in the mountains above the growing torrent of activity in Sochi for the Winter Games. [ Read more → ]

Activists target Sochi with social media, boycotts in protest of Russia anti-gay law

Friday, January 31, 2014
NEW YORK — Despite seven months of international outcry, Russia's law restricting gay-rights activity remains in place. Yet the eclectic protest campaign has heartened activists in Russia and caught the attention of its targets — including organizers and sponsors of the Sochi Olympics that open on Feb. 7. [ Read more → ]
Vladimir Putin

Russian lawmakers propose to expand ‘anti-gay’ law by removing the ‘gay’

Sunday, January 26, 2014
MOSCOW – A coalition of Russian lawmakers, representing members from United Russia Party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) and the Communist Party, on Friday submitted a proposal to amend the federal "anti-gay propaganda" law, expanding the measure to encompass sexual "propaganda" of any kind. [ Read more → ]
Alexei Nikolsky, RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service (APRussian President Vladimir Putin listens to a translation during an interview to Russian and foreign media Friday at the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, which will host Winter Olympic Games on Feb. 7, 2014.

Russian President Putin links gays to pedophiles in latest interviews

Sunday, January 19, 2014
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered new assurances to gay athletes and fans attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics next month. Yet he defended Russia's anti-gay law by equating gays with pedophiles and said Russia needs to "cleanse" itself of homosexuality if it wants to increase its birth rate. [ Read more → ]
APVladimir Putin

Putin: Gays should feel welcome in Russia, but must ‘leave children in peace’

Friday, January 17, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says gays should feel welcome at the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, but they must "leave the children in peace." [ Read more → ]
Joel Ryan, Invision/APIan McKellen

Ian McKellen, 27 Nobel laureates urge Putin to repeal anti-gay law

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
LONDON -- Actor Ian McKellen and 27 Nobel laureates have written an open letter urging Russia's president to repeal an anti-gay law and expressing their solidarity with critics of the legislation. [ Read more → ]
Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service (AP, RIA-Novosti)Russian President Vladimir Putin, foreground left, and Railways Chief Vladimir Yakunin, second right, visit the Olympic Park railway station at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.

Putin rescinds blanket ban on demonstrations at Sochi Olympics

Saturday, January 4, 2014
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has rescinded a blanket ban on demonstrations in and around the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi. [ Read more → ]
Ivan Sekretarev, APRussian President Vladimir Putin delivers a state-of-the-nation address at the Kremlin in Moscow, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.

Putin defends Russian conservative values, anti-gay laws

Thursday, December 12, 2013
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin used his state-of-the-nation address on Thursday to defend conservative values, referring obliquely to his government's anti-gay stance as he chided the West for treating "good and evil" equally. [ Read more → ]
Viviane Reding

EU commissioner to skip Olympics because of Russia’s human rights record

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- European Union commissioner Viviane Reding said Tuesday she would not be attending the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, over that country's treatment of minorities. [ Read more → ]
APDmitry Kiselyov

Putin appoints notorious anti-gay news anchor to head Russian news agency

Monday, December 9, 2013
MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin on Monday appointed a controversial news anchor to head a restructured state news agency, a move signaling the Kremlin's intention to tighten control over the media and use it increasingly for propaganda of ultraconservative views. [ Read more → ]
Dmitry Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister criticizes Duma, gay ‘propaganda’ law

Friday, December 6, 2013
MOSCOW -- Former Russian president and current Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Friday criticized the country's lawmakers and recent passage of an anti-gay law, saying the Duma, Russia's federal Parliament, has switched its focus from political bans to private life. [ Read more → ]

Russian high court rules against LGBT activist, upholds ‘gay propaganda’ law

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
MOSCOW -- Russia’s highest court has ruled that a controversial law banning “gay propaganda” is not in breach of that nation's Constitution. [ Read more → ]
AP Vladimir Putin

Putin says ‘xenophobic’ attitude toward Russian LGBT people is wrong

Thursday, November 21, 2013
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin told a group of political leaders Wednesday that the nation and its people and government shouldn't adopt a xenophobic attitude towards people with different sexual orientations. [ Read more → ]
Alexander Zemlianichenko, AP (Pool)Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, exit a commuter train at the newly built Adler railway station at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, on Monday.

Olympic Committee president confident gays will be treated equally in Russia

Thursday, October 31, 2013
MOSCOW -- International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach is confident that all athletes and visitors at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will be treated equally regardless of "race, gender or sexual orientation." [ Read more → ]
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach meet at the Bocharov Ruchei residence at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia on Monday.

Putin: No discrimination against gays at Sochi Olympics

Monday, October 28, 2013
SOCHI, Russia -- Russian 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." [ Read more → ]

Russia halts international adoptions to Sweden over same-sex marriage

Saturday, October 5, 2013
MOSCOW -- Russia has halted all adoptions to prospective parents in Sweden under a recently enacted law banning international adoptions to countries where same-sex marriage is legal. [ Read more → ]

Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Russian advocacy group

Friday, October 4, 2013
OSLO, Norway -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for consideration for the prestigious Nobel Peace prize by a Russian advocacy group. [ Read more → ]
Brian Brown

Globalizing Homophobia: ‘Today the whole world is looking at Russia’

Friday, October 4, 2013
On June 13, 2013, just days after the Russian Duma passed laws banning on gay “propaganda” and actions that “offend religious feelings,” a delegation of five French Catholic anti-gay activists – at least one with ties to the far-right Front National party – traveled to Moscow at the invitation of the Duma committee on family, women and children to discuss, among other issues, Russia’s plans to tighten its ban on adoption by same-sex couples abroad... [ Read more → ]
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