Young And Gay In Putin's Russia

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When President Vladimir Putin banned “propaganda” in June last year, 's went from being a stigmatised fringe group to full-blown enemies of the state. becoming legislation means it's now not only accepted in Russia but actively encouraged, which has led to a depressing rise in homophobic attacks and murders.

The main aim of the law, which essentially bans any public display of homosexuality, is to prevent minors from getting the impression that being gay is normal. Which means that, if you're and gay in Putin's Russia, you're ostracised and cut off from any kind of legal support network.

We travelled to Russia ahead of February's Sochi Winter to investigate the effects of the country's state-sanctioned homophobia. There, we met everyone from young members of Moscow's community and core gay rights activists, to one of Putin's spin doctors and the lawmaker behind the repressive anti- law.

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