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Two Members Of Pussy Riot Released From Prison

Pussy Riot Found Guilty
The three women were sentenced to two years for "hooliganism." Read More »
Madonna Loves Pussy Riot
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Madonna supports the Russian punk band. Read More »
Everything Pussy Riot
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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Pussy Riot

Two imprisoned members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot were released this morning from work camps. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were granted amnesty last week after serving time on a two-year prison sentence for “hooliganism.”  Keep reading »

Subway Riders In Moscow Can Now Pay For Their Rides With Exercise

Exercise As Payment

Russia is gearing up to host the winter Olympics in 2014, and as preparation, the organization Olympic Changes installed a very special ticket machine in one of Moscow’s subway stations. Rather than accept monetary payment in exchange for a ride, the machine requires that customers do 30 leg squats or lunges to obtain a ticket. Read more on Style Caster…

Russian Performance Artist Nails His Testicles To Ground In Protest

Russian Performance Artist Nails His Testicles To Ground In Protest

Performance artists do a lot of wild, crazy, bold things to get attention and make a statement, but this story might take the case. On Sunday, Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky stripped naked in the middle of Moscow’s Red Square and nailed his scrotum to the cobblestone street. He explained — in between wailing in pain, I imagine — that the protest was his response to Russia’s descent into a “police state.” Sunday was Police Day in Russia, which celebrates the country’s law enforcement. Clearly, Pavlensky is not a fan of the holiday. He went on in a statement: Keep reading »

Jailed Pussy Riot Member Is Missing

Everything Pussy Riot
Everything you need to know about the case. Read More »
Pussy Riot Found Guilty
The three women were sentenced to two years for "hooliganism." Read More »
Madonna Loves Pussy Riot
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Madonna supports the Russian punk band. Read More »
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot
  • Relatives of one of the jailed members of Pussy Riot say Nadya Tolokonnikova has been taken from prison and is currently missing. They don’t know her whereabouts and haven’t had contact with her for 10 days. The Russian feminist punk rocker recently staged a hunger strike to protest inhumane prison conditions at the work camp she was sentenced to for publicly speaking out against President Vladmir Putin and religion. [SPIN]
  • Today, $5 million was removed from the federal food stamp program, which affects 47 million recipients. [MSNBC]
  • The government has lost a battle in federal court against grocery store employers in Ohio who refused to comply with Obamacare and cover birth control and abortion in their employee health coverage. The presiding judge, a Bush appointee, sided with the employers’ claim that their religious freedom was being abused. [The Atlantic Wire] Keep reading »

Russian President Vladmir Putin Says Gays Are Welcome At The Olympics

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Russian law would like to pretend gay people don't exist. Read More »
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Johnny Weir defends his NBC Olympics gig in Russia. Read More »
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The TV host refuses to host Miss Universe in Russia over bigotry. Read More »

“We are doing everything, both the organizers and our athletes and fans, so that participants and guests feel comfortable in Sochi, regardless of nationality, race or sexual orientation…”

Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that gay participants and attendees of the upcoming 2014 Olympic festivities in Sochi will be welcome. Given Russia’s harsh anti-gay laws and the backlash they’ve been receiving, that’s hard to imagine, but here’s hoping he keeps his word. Russia has received international criticism for its criminalization of homosexuality, and that’s making for a tense lead-up to the Olympics. [TIME] [Image via WENN]

Figure Skater Johnny Weir Defends His NBC Olympics Gig In Russia Despite The Country’s Gay Discrimination

“I risk jail time just going there, but the Olympics are not the place to make a political statement. I’m not a politician and I don’t really talk about politics. You don’t have to agree with the politics, but you have to respect the culture of a country you are visiting. … It’s pretty obvious that I’ve been gay my whole life. … I don’t need to break any laws or wear a rainbow pin to show people that I support gay rights. I think I’ll do that just by being in Sochi and supporting our people there and know they are not alone. … The gay community has not reacted well to me because some people think it’s my responsibility to be an activist. They’re expecting me to hate Russia because I haven’t been given equal rights in Russia. … If it’s good enough for Elton John, it’s good enough for me. Every country’s going to have its issues.”

My gay BF Johnny Weir isn’t one to keep his opinions to himself. That includes defending himself from criticism that he should boycott the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, instead of covering figure skating for NBC as an openly gay man married to another man (who is Russian!). Russia is a notoriously anti-gay country, brutally abusing gays and lesbians and recently criminalizing homosexuality. But Weir, who has had Russian coaches and traveled to the country many times, said it is possible to support gay rights without choosing to exclude yourself from something you love. What do y’all think? [New York Times] [Image via Splash News]

Wentworth Miller Comes Out … As A 41-Year-Old

Gay Bigotry In Russia
see no evil
Russian law would like to pretend gay people don't exist. Read More »
Andy Cohen Bans Russia
Andy Cohen refuses to host Miss Universe in Russia over gay bigotry
The TV host refuses to host Miss Universe in Russia over bigotry. Read More »
Celebs Come Out
14 celebs describe how they came out of the closet. Read More »
  • Rejecting an invitation to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival on account of Russia’s criminalization of homosexuality, “Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller has come out as gay … but we’re more shocked he’s 41. Damn, 41 looks good. [TMZ]
  • Screw wedding planning: Kelly Clarkson and her fiancé Brandon Blackstock have decided to just elope. [People]
  • In honor of Tori Amos’ 50th birthday, here are her top 100 songs ranked! [Flavorwire]
  • Movies are seriously lagging behind TV shows in depiction of LGBT characters, according to study released yesterday by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. [Yahoo]
  • Oscar De La Renta has a theory as to why Hillary Clinton loves her scrunchies. [Fashionista] Keep reading »

Why Everyone At The 2014 Winter Olympics In Russia Will Be Holding Hands

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As, you’ve no doubt heard, Russia recently enacted an anti-gay law, banning all “promotion of nontraditional sexual relations [in front of minors], and makes any expression of real or perceived homosexuality – even something as innocuous as same-sex hand-holding – potentially illegal.” The Russian government has warned that this law against homosexuality will apply to anyone attending and/or participating in the the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

So in response,  the sports/human rights group Pride House International has asked everyone to take any opportunity to hold hands in public during the Olympic games. Keep reading »

Andy Cohen Refuses To Host Miss Universe In Russia Because Of It’s Anti-Gay Bigotry

Gay Bigotry In Russia
see no evil
Russian law would like to pretend gay people don't exist. Read More »
Andy Cohen On Fighting
All the fighting on "Real Housewives" gets to Andy Cohen sometimes. Read More »
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  • Andy Cohen has a heart in there after all! The Bravo bigwig and “Watch What Happens Live!” star turned down an offer to host the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow due to Russia’s criminalization of homosexuality. Applause. [Eonline]
  • Lisa Robin Kelly, the actress who played the Lori Foreman (Eric’s sister) on “That 70′s Show,” died last night at a rehab facility in California.  Kelly had checked herself into rehab earlier this week. She was 43.  [TMZ]
  • Nooo! Laura Prepon is leaving “Orange Is The New Black” and taking those amazing eyebrows with her. [US Weekly]
  • Prince William left his job as a search and rescue pilot to focus on his newborn. How lucky he is to have that option. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, 19, has been targeted in a “sextortion” case by someone claiming to have nude webcam photos of her. [People] Keep reading »

These Are Real-Deal Russian Portraits Of Cats

Presidential Cats
Cats who look like famous White House inhabitants. Read More »
Cats As Fonts
For cat- and font-lovers alike! Read More »
Literary Cats
Cat Fashion Show at the Algonquin Hotel
Costumed to celebrate past literary greats! Read More »
hermitage museum cats

Russia’s Hermitage Museum holds more than three million works of art, and is the largest museum in the world. It’s also, likely the only museum with its own staff of stray cat security guards. The 65 badass, mice-killing cats to roam its grounds at night, killing vermin and protecting the museum’s precious works from harm. The felines have been there almost as long as the museum itself, and are taken care of by donations from museum workers and have a dedicated caregiver.

Recently, a series of portraits commemorating the cats was commissioned and produced by Uzbek artist Eldar Zakirov. The series, “Cats of Hermitage,” places the fancy felines in traditional Russian garb. The portraits will be featured in an upcoming issue of Hermitage Magazine. Check out a few others after the jump. [ArtInfo] Keep reading »

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