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FIFA asks 2018 World Cup host Russia for clarity on anti-LGBT laws

Football’s world governing body FIFA on Wednesday said it had asked 2018 World Cup hosts Russia to explain in more detail its controversial new law banning “homosexual propaganda” after criticism from athletes and activists. “In the context of the adoption of the federal law ‘on prohibition of propaganda of non-traditional…

Russian law sends LGBT families running and hiding

Maria and Alexandra vaguely considered leaving Russia for several years, but it was not until this year’s anti-gay legislation that they started to gather paperwork. The quiet, academic lesbian couple, who live with a seven-year-old daughter in the outskirts of Moscow, have now lost hope that Russia is moving in…

Russian ‘mobile malware’ industry could spread to other countries

Researchers have discovered that bilking people by infecting Android mobile phones with viruses has become a cottage industry in Russia in a criminal model that could be replicated elsewhere. Members of Lookout Mobile Security were at the infamous Def Con hacker gathering in Las Vegas on Friday to share what…

Fischer: LGBT activists should back Russia anti-gay laws to ‘celebrate diversity’

American Family Association (AFA) Director of Issues Analysis Bryan Fischer this week called on LGBT activists to “celebrate diversity” by supporting Russia’s law banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.” Earlier this week, the author of the “anti-LGBT propaganda law” told a Moscow radio station that he did not expect that…

Russia enacts its own version of the Stop Online Privacy Act

Russian legislation aimed at battling pirated video content online went into effect Thursday despite complaints by the industry against the alleged crackdown on free Internet. Branded the “Russian SOPA” after the US anti-piracy initiative, the law makes it easier to block websites that post or link to copyright video content…

Snowden hopes to leave Moscow airport by Wednesday: lawyer

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden hopes to be granted papers by Wednesday allowing him to end his month-long stay in the transit area of a Moscow airport and move to the city center, his Russian lawyer said on Monday. Anatoly Kucherena, who helped the American…

Russians block Antarctic ocean sanctuary

Russia on Tuesday blocked attempts by Western countries to create the world’s largest ocean sanctuary off Antarctica, green groups said. The Russian representative questioned the legal right of a meeting in Bremerhaven, northern Germany, to declare such a haven, according to organisations at the talks. The three-day talks gathered 24…

Putin: Snowden will leave as soon as he’s able to

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who has been stuck in a Moscow airport for three weeks, would leave Russia as soon as he is able. He also accused Washington of preventing the fugitive from leaving Russia after he arrived from Hong Kong on…

Snowden announces plans to apply for asylum in Russia

MOSCOW — Edward Snowden could stay in Russia if he stops issuing leaks that damage the United States, the Kremlin said Friday after the US fugitive told rights activists in a Moscow airport that he is seeking asylum in Russia. “Mr. Snowden could hypothetically stay in Russia if he: first,…

Snowden fate in balance as Cuba backs asylum bid

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden won support from Cuba for his bid to seek asylum in Latin America as he began his third week in limbo at a Moscow airport on Monday. Cuba, a key transit point from Russia on the way to Latin America, supported the leaders of Bolivia,…

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