But Lemtov will have more layers than the one-dimensional baddie we saw in the trailer. This is significant given that Alexander is from Russia, specifically Chechnya. For that night, they are celebrated. We wanted to get it right and hit the right notes…. Russia has had a gay propaganda law in place since Police are reported to have rounded up and tortured groups of men suspected of being gay.
LGBT culture in Russia
The secret gay history of Russia
If Irina and Anastasia Lagutenko had any hopes they could someday officially be married in their homeland, the possibility vanished on July 1 when voters approved a package of constitutional amendments, one of them stipulating that marriage is only between a man and a woman. Unlike many LGBTQ people in Russia who keep low profiles because of pervasive enmity against nontraditional sexuality, they live openly as a same-sex couple with a month-old boy, named Dorian, who was born to Irina. They lack, and probably never will receive, those rights accorded to heterosexual couples. Although Russia decriminalized homosexuality decades ago, animosity against gays remains high.
LGBT history in Russia
The Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony referenced prominent gay Russians from the field of literature, ballet, music and film — including Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Vaslav Nijinsky and Sergei Eisenstein. Channel 4 News lists below six, of the many, gay Russians that Vladimir Putin should be proud of:. The 19th century composer, mentioned in the Sochi opening ceremony, is a household name across the world for works including the Overture and his Romeo and Juliet composition, the ballets Swan Lake, the Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty, and opera such as Eugene Onegin. Despite long being regarded as historical fact that Tchaikovsky was gay, the Russian culture minister recently denied this was the case. Vladimir Medinsky said there was no evidence to support the claim.
When Maksim arrived, however, he was greeted not by his friend but by agents who beat him. Later, they strapped him to a chair, attached electrical wires to his hands with alligator clips and began an interrogation. Gay men have never had an easy life in Chechnya. But the targeted, collective punishment of gays that began last month under its pro-Kremlin leader, Ramzan A. Novaya Gazeta, an opposition newspaper, first reported the pogrom, saying that at least gay men had been arrested and three killed in the roundup.