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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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Wednesday, Oct. 22


English teachers can expect to receive a few useful pointers today from Evgeny Kalashnikov, the British Council regional teacher, during the EFL Seminar this afternoon hosted by the British Book Center. The topic of today’s seminar is “Grammar Practice.”


Young Petersburgers will get the chance to jumpstart their careers at “Professional Growth,” a job fair and forum featuring more than 40 major Russian and international companies vying for potential candidates for future positions. The forum not only is a chance to network but also to learn more about the modern business world and to understand what it takes to get the job you want.



Thursday, Oct. 23


AmCham’s Public Relations Committee meeting is scheduled to meet this morning at 9 a.m. in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center.


Sportsmen get their chance to stock up on all kinds of gear at the Hunting and Fishing 2014 exhibition starting today at Lenexpo. Everything from rods and reels to boats, motorcycles and equipment for underwater hunting will be on sale so that any avid outdoorsman can always be prepared.



Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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