The Human Rights Campaign is urging leaders to end the "gay purge" in Chechnya.
"In the plain light of day, in front of the Russian authorities, Russian society and the whole world, we wave the flag with pride."
"We will do everything so that our Christian, orthodox values are fortified against these sorts of threats."
The Russian leader is serving his second consecutive term, and the next presidential election he can enter will be in 2030.
Last year saw a peak in almost a quarter of a century for Russians seeking to leave their homeland for the U.S., on the grounds of persecution.
The police found three laboratories producing forged documents, seals and stamps to help people cross borders illegally.
Convicted terrorists can go to jail but those that recruited them deserve harsher sentences and "could be shot," Chechnya's leader said.
Two of Russia's outspoken politicians are squaring off over Soviet history.
Chechen authorities deny all reports that they jail and torture gay men, but friends of a Russian singer fear for his life after he disappeared on a visit to the region.
Vitaliy Milonov also wants to ban Russians from transitioning from one gender to another.
Entrepreneur Maxim Lapunov claims a group of Chechen men beat him to make him denounce other gay men, as allegations of a regional purge continue.
Ramzan Kadyrov appealed to Putin for help and condemned the persecution of the Rohingya people.
The deadly stabbing attack in Dagestan follows a similar incident in Siberia that left eight people injured, according to reports.
Within less than a month since the order by the self-confessed "foot soldier of Putin," almost 1,000 divorced Chechen couples have reunited, state TV reported.
Zaur Dadayev was convicted of one of the most infamous political killings in Russia. His motive, however, still remains unclear.
The offer, extended to "sodomites" and "perverts," seems like a publicity stunt but the channel insist it is "no joke."
Moscow learned a lesson of the U.S. double standard on "terrorism," Putin said in Oliver Stone's four-hour film of interviews with the Russian president.
"I am not a woman, so I don't have bad days," the Russian leader said in an interview.
It is not the first time Patriarch Kirill, Russia's highest religious authority, has spoken out against same-sex marriage.
Over 100 men suspected of being gay have been abducted, tortured and sometimes killed in the country, according to Amnesty International.