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Russian pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva slammed for anti-LGBT comments

Russian pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva faced outrage Friday from activists and fellow athletics legends after backing Russia’s controversial new anti-gay law and saying competitors at the Sochi Winter Olympics should respect it. The 31-year-old kicked up a storm on Thursday when she said in Moscow she supported the law…

Russia closes 700 schools amid dramatic drop in birth rates

More than 700 Russian schools are set to close this year because of a slump in the number of children of school age, Russia’s chief public health doctor said Wednesday. Russia saw birth rates drop dramatically in the turbulent 1990s and its demographic situation has remained negative, with more deaths…

Russia visit of Snowden’s father to be kept ‘strictly secret’: report

The planned visit to Russia of the father of US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is to be kept strictly secret, with details of their meeting to be made public only after it has happened, a report said Wednesday. Snowden received asylum in Russia on August 1, enabling him to leave…

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…

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