Currently the stance of international media and the US is putting Russia between a rock and a hard place. Threats of boycotting the upcoming Winter Olympics due to Russia's apparently abusive anti-gay laws has been blown way out of proportion by the media, and for some reason it is now paramount that the world does something to bring attention on Russia, a country who's population is perfectly happy with its view on homosexual rights, or the lack thereof. So much so that Russian citizens have rallied in protest of any change being brought about, understandably angry that foreign countries think they have a right to intervene in Russian national law. Russia has been accused of being an authoritarian and draconian state. Why? Simply because they refuse to listen to a corrupt, overly liberalist, aggressive and irrational Western world whose citizens are governed by an even more rotten media.
Russia's anti-gay laws are an example of a majority vote that has been applied accordingly, not a law that has been taken into consideration but not put into effect because an incompetent government fears the minority.
The US has capitalised on the situation to appropriate their means with the Snowden case and the Syrian civil war. Russia continues to shelter the US whistleblower, Edward Snowden, who's continuing endeavours to expose American government corruption has cost him nearly everything. The US has branded him a traitor and a spy, an action reminiscent of a totalitarian regime. Russia's continued sheltering of this whistleblower is something that we should be proud of, not disgusted at.
Meanwhile the US continues to try to uproot Assad's government in Syria by supplying weapons to rebels who can be directly linked back to Al Qaeda. Russia continues to supply Assad's government with arms and supplies due to their national oil assets in the country and in hope of aiding the seriously destabilised pro-Russian government. A large division of Syrian citizens are still trying to come to grips with a civil war that seems to have sprung out of nowhere, confused by the apparent lack of agenda or motive the Syrian rebels are failing to show.
In reality Russia is still viewed as the tyrannical Soviet Union, something that Russian President Vladimir Putin has valiantly tried to erase. But it would seem that Western countries still hold doggedly on to a clear-cut good/bad guy mentality and any opportunity to drag Russia's face in the mud is done so with glee, even if it is something as petty as gay laws.