The prospect of President Vladimir Putin winning another six years in office drew an apathetic response at a gay nightclub in the Ural mountains city of Yekaterinburg. From the stage of a gay nightclub, a performer in drag reminded those in the crowd of their civic duty as Russians. "Do you know what's happening tomorrow?" asked Andrei. "I'm going to the election tomorrow. If anyone wants to join me, I can lend you my makeup, we'll go together." The 30-year-old appeared to be the only person at the club in this industrial city 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) east of Moscow who was enthusiastic — even if in a joking way — about voting Sunday and what the re-election of President Vladimir Putin would mean for the LGBT community in Russia.
March 18 / US News and World Report