John M. Becker

What's It Like to be Young And Gay in Putin's Russia?

Filed By John M. Becker | January 14, 2014 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: gay propaganda, Milène Larsson, Russia, Russian anti-LGBT laws, Russian propaganda law, Sochi 2014, Vladimir Putin

VICE, a global youth media company, is releasing a new documentary about life for Russian LGBT youth under Vladimir Putin's anti-gay crackdown. The film, called Young and Gay in Putin's Russia, is being rolled out on vice.com in five installments this week.

Via press release:

To shed light on the complex situation in Russia and expose state-sanctioned homophobia, VICE reporter Milène Larsson travelled to Moscow to speak to those most affected by the law. Larsson joined gay-rights protesters clashing with police outside of the Sochi Olympic headquarters; interviewed leading gay rights activists, including Katya Samutsevich of Pussy Riot and famed journalist and author Masha Gessen; spoke with various young members of Moscow's LGBT community; and interviewed the legislator behind the new law, as well as one of Putin's spin-doctors.

Watch part 1 below:

Part 2 is after the jump; parts 3-5 will be released from tomorrow through Friday.


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