August 22, 2013 |
Wentworth Miller, the 41-year-old screenwriter and actor known for his role as Michael Scofield in Fox's series "Prison Break," revealed that he is gay in an open letter to the director of the St. Petersburg International Film Festival on Wednesday. Miller wrote the letter declining an invitation to attend the festival, citing discrimination against gays and lesbians in Russia. Miller wrote his letter amid widespread criticism of the Russian government‘s policies toward gays in advance of...
July 11, 2013 |
MOSCOW — A Russian court wrapped up the trial of a dead man Thursday, finding whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky guilty of fraud but waiving a sentence. Magnitsky was a lawyer who unearthed a $230 million fraud by police and tax officials, but he was arrested and charged with perpetrating the fraud himself. He died in a Moscow prison in 2009, apparently after a severe beating. Outrage over his case inspired a U.S. law imposing financial and visa sanctions on corrupt Russian officials, which in turn led to a Russian law...
June 20, 2013 |
A few pictures and a video: The 2-year-old with Down syndrome smiles, smiles again even harder, and stretches her arms out until she tips forward. No one is there to hold her. Heidi Burrows, a mother of seven, could feel the yearning thousands of miles away in Texas. She and her husband resolved to adopt the Russian orphan with the sweet grin. They found Daria through a U.S. organization called Reece's Rainbow, which collects information about orphans with Down syndrome from around the world, posts...
June 19, 2013 |
IN TOURING Europe this week, President Obama has portrayed Russia's Vladimir Putin as a ruler with whom he can build a " constructive, cooperative relationship that moves us out of a Cold War mind-set. " It's a blinkered view that willfully ignores the Russian president's behavior. As Mr. Obama sees it, Mr. Putin is a plausible partner for a major new reduction of nuclear arsenals , including both strategic and tactical weapons; he is ready to "further deepen our economic and commercial relationships.
June 11, 2013 |
MOSCOW — A bill that stigmatizes Russia's gay community and bans the distribution of information about homosexuality to children was overwhelmingly approved by the lower house of parliament Tuesday. More than two dozen protesters were attacked by anti-gay activists and then detained by police, hours before the State Duma approved the Kremlin-backed legislation in a 436-0 vote, with one abstention. The bill banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" still needs to be...
May 14, 2013 |
A group of American families who were in the final stages of adopting children from Russia when that country banned adoptions by Americans recently came to Washington on Tuesday, offering new proposals to address Russian lawmakers' concerns. "This group of families is dedicated to these children," said Sabrina Dickenson Turri of Florida, who has one adopted son from Russia and was on the cusp of adopting a Russian girl when the ban was enacted in...