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Russia Cops Seize Painting of Putin in a Nightie

Govt. not laughing, shuts down gallery that mocked anti-gay law

(Newser) - Looks like Russian authorities will no longer allow mockery to be used as a weapon by those opposed to the country's anti-gay law. Police swooped on a newly opened art gallery in St. Petersburg yesterday and removed several paintings, including one depicting Vladimir Putin wearing a nightie as he...

Russian Runners on Kiss: 'Someone's Sick Fantasies'

Yeah, doesn't sound like it was a protest

(Newser) - It was the kiss seen 'round the world: Russian runners Ksenia Ryzhova and Yulia Guschina seemed to touch lips twice while kissing each other on the cheek on Saturday, first after managing to beat the US team to take gold in the 400m relay at the World Athletics Championships,...

Female Russian Runners Kiss—Very Publicly

Kseniya Ryzhova, Tatyana Firova smooch atop podium, set tongues wagging

(Newser) - Maybe it was just affection or maybe a blatant political statement, but as the debate heats up over Russia's anti-gay policies , two female Russian runners yesterday shared a very public smooch—atop the winner's podium at the World Athletics Championship in Moscow. Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova had...

Andy Cohen Won't Return to Miss Universe: I Could Be Arrested

It's being held in Russia this year, and the former co-host is gay

(Newser) - Missing from this year's Miss Universe pageant: regular co-host Andy Cohen. The competition is being held in Russia on Nov. 9, and the country's anti-gay laws "make it unsafe for the gays who live there and gays coming to work or visit," Cohen tells E!'...

Gay Bars Boycott Russian Vodka

Verdict still out on White Russians

(Newser) - Many have been calling for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics, but gay bars across the US have figured out a more immediate way to show Russia how they feel about the country's anti-gay laws: stop buying its vodka. The move was spearheaded by journalist and sex writer...

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