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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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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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Gay rights activists protest outside NYC Russian consulate

Thursday, February 6, 2014
Queer nationQueer nation activists protest outside the Russian consulate in New York City on Thursday.
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 ...

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

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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.
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 ...

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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 ...

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