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36 Photos From Russia That Everyone Needs To See

It's a scary place for LGBT people in Russia right now.

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15. Moscow, May 2013:


An unknown anti-gay activist hits Russian gay and LGBT rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev during an unauthorized gay rights activists rally in central Moscow.

21. The activists were protesting a new "gay propaganda" law. The law would introduce steep fines and jail terms for people who promote homosexual "propaganda" to minors.

34. Still, activists keep on fighting.

Dmitry Lovetsky / AP

This photo is from this year's International Day Against Homophobia. This sign says, "I'm 17 years old. Government says I do not exist. Nazi say, I need to be killed, But I will live!"

Russia is hosting the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi. What does this mean for gay athletes and spectators? Is the US Olympic Committee okay with this?

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post misidentified a straight ally as an anti-gay protester. Those photos have been replaced. (7/23/13)

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