‘from Russia With Love’ Series Profiles Gay Couples Living Under Putin’s Rule


Right now, we just want simple human happiness.” Victoria and Dasha are just two of the fourteen LGBT subjects profiled in photographer Anastasia Ivanova’s touching series, ” From Russia with Love .” The project, covered in the queer arts and culture journal, Muff Magazine , features images of gay women living under Putin’s presidency, a regime that’s become infamous for its harsh anti-gay legislation . Victoria, 24 and Dasha, 27 “Sometimes our gay friends in Germany, America or England talk about their lives, and we feel as though its another world,” Olgerta and Lisa, two other subjects, told Ivanova. “No doubt they think the same about us, when we tell them of the situation in Russia. Our future is simple. We must leave.” Ivanova, and artistic director EA Bukanova, present the images of LGBT couples of all ages accompanied by personal stories about their relationships and personal lives. The women freely discuss how they met their significant others, the hardships they face as LGBT individuals, and the various hopes and dreams they have for their country. The stories range from beautiful accounts of romance in cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg to disheartening experiences that shed further light on the dismal human rights situation occurring overseas. Scroll through the photos of couples profiled in the story and head over to Muff Magazine for the full accounts. “In the future, all we want is to keep our little family together. Maybe if were lucky one day well have a child.” -Irina, 27 and Antonina, 31 “In public, we try not to hide our feelings, and are determined to hold hands and kiss each other freely, but the gay rights situation in Russia will end badly.

Russia charges all 30 Greenpeace activists with piracy

The Constitutional Court, under the leadership of Valery Zorkin, who is still the court’s chairman, ruled that Yeltsin’s decree was illegal and that parliament had the right to impeach him.” “Yeltsin and his entourage committed a grave crime against the state. This should be the subject of a new parliamentary investigation. We need a new commission to investigate it, without any haste, and bring this issue to a close.” “Yeltsin received support when he shelled the parliament, but do you see what kind of constitution we have now? It’s not just a constitution, it’s a super-constitution. Nobody has any power in our country except the president. You can’t even sneeze without his permission. And that is a direct consequence of what happened back then.” The Vice President: Aleksandr Rutskoi A decorated Afghan war veteran, Yeltsin chose Rutskoi as his running mate in 1991 when he successfully ran for president of the Soviet Union’s Russian republic. Like Khasbulatov, he was on Yeltsin’s side during the failed August 1991 coup. And like Khasbulatov, he fell out with Yeltsin and his team after the Soviet collapse. He was particularly critical of the team of young economists, including Yegor Gaidar and Anatoly Chubais, whom Yeltsin turned to to spearhead his economic reforms. As head of an anticorruption council, Rutskoi famously claimed to have “suitcases of kompromat,” or incriminating materials, on Yeltsin and his allies.

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Former Supreme Soviet Chairman Ruslan Khasbulatov (second from left) and former Vice President Aleksandr Rutskoi (third from left) are arrested in Moscow on October 4, 1993.

“We unambiguously consider the arrest and the laying of the piracy charges against Denis Sinyakov as pressure on the media,” it said. Leading Russian media last week blacked out photographs on their websites in protest at his detention. Investigators on Wednesday charged a British freelance videographer. Those charged Thursday included the ship’s captain, American Peter Willcox. He was the captain of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior ship, bombed by French agents in New Zealand in 1985. The activists are being held in pre-trial detention centres in Murmansk and the nearby town of Apatity above the Arctic Circle. Lawyers for the 30 have filed appeals against the decision to hold them in detention. President Vladimir Putin has said that in his opinion the activists were not pirates but had breached international law by getting dangerously close to the oil rig. ‘This is not justice, it’s a reprisal’ Campaign groups including Human Rights Watch have called for their release. The unusually tough charges for a protest has sparked comparisons with the case of the Pussy Riot punks who were last year sentenced to two years in a penal colony for demonstrating against Putin in a Moscow church. “This all reminds me very much of the case of Pussy Riot,” journalist Anton Orekh wrote on the website of popular radio station Moscow Echo. “The whole world will rise up to defend them.

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