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Prosecutors Summon Directors of LGBT Documentary

Published: June 19, 2014 (Issue # 1816)



  • The film 'Dyeti 404' is the latest battleground in Russia's ongoing culture war over human rights issues.
    Photo: Andrei Makhonin / Vedomosti

The directors of a documentary film about LGBT teens living in Russia have been called in for questioning by the Moscow prosecutor's office, a news report said.

Aksold Kurov and Pavel Loparev were asked to report to the capital's prosecutors on Wednesday to explain what their film was about and who was featured in it, the BBC Russian Service reported Tuesday.

The film, "Dyeti 404," or "Children 404," documents the lives of a group of LGBT teens living in Russia where a law banning the promotion of nontraditional lifestyles was passed last June.

Alexei Zhuravlyov, a duma deputy for the United Russia party and author of a draft bill submitted last September aiming to strip gay parents of their rights to raise children, spearheaded calls for the directors' summoning, website Colta.ru reported.

"Dyeti 404" had its Russian premiere in April and was picketed by members of Russia's National Liberation Movement in Moscow who claimed the film promoted a homosexual lifestyle.

The film directors told the BBC's Russian Service that they had decided to shoot the film after seeing a rise in homophobia in Russia following the adoption of the gay propaganda law last June.





 


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