Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke on the phone with Secretary of State John Kerry where he "expressed sincere condolences to the state secretary in the context of a bloody massacre in the US city of Orlando, which claimed lives of dozens of people."
But Russia's "anti-gay propaganda law," put into effect in 2013, has been a model for the region and other countries around the world. Under the law, homosexuality itself isn't criminalized but the promotion of "non-traditional sexual relationships" to minors is. That vague term has been used to justify a wide array of harassment of LGBT individuals and has led researchers to see a rise in violence against LGBT people.
And on Monday, two people holding a sign that reads "Love Wins" were reportedly detained outside the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.