Russia has recently seen punk girl band Pussy Riot jailed for two years for protesting against the Russian President. Putins' regime deemed the protest as 'homosexual propaganda'.
Gay pride marches have just been banned for 100 years. This comes after Moscow City Court upheld government legislation outlawing LGBT events. The bill has been widely criticized by Russian LGBT and human rights activists, as well as international human rights groups. Protests outside Russian embassies have taken place across the planet.
Two Russians in St. Petersburg were recently sentenced under the law for displaying a poster reading "Being gay is normal" on a street near a school.
Anti-gay activists are also using the Russian governments anti-gay laws to sue Madonna for $10M because she spoke up for the LGBT community.