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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
madonna on pussy riot
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

Gay Bigotry In Russia
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Russian law would like to pretend gay people don't exist. Read More »
Johnny On Russia
Johnny Weir Russian Olympics
Johnny Weir defends his NBC Olympics gig in Russia. 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 »

“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]

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