In its recent wide-ranging article about the plight of LGBT people in Putin's Russia, the New York Times highlighted the story of a man named Anton Krasovsky, a former news anchor who was so offended by Russia's "gay propaganda" law, which was winding its way through parliament, that he came out on live television in January.
He was immediately fired by the state-controlled KontrTV network, and any footage of his coming out was completely scrubbed from the Internet.
"I'm gay, and I'm just the same person as you, my dear audience, as President Putin, as Prime Minister Medvedev and the deputies of our Duma," Krasovsky, 37, said earlier this year in January on the Kremlin-backed television and internet network he helped launch, KontrTV.
Though his admission was followed by a "storm of applause" by the audience and the show's staff, Krasovsky was fired the very same night. By the next day, his presence had been completely erased from the network's website; all of his corporate accounts and his email were blocked.
Krasosvky was surprised because "it takes them half a day to put up a banner when I ask them to, and here we had such efficiency."
Krasovsky recently spoke with CNN. Watch, after the jump.