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Russian Gays Look to U.S. for Asylum

Story Date: August 16, 2013


Artem Mitrofanov came to the U.S. with scars of growing up gay in Russia. Some were literal, such as the one on his wrist from the day he says a skinhead slashed him with a broken bottle. Others were internal, including pains in his kidney, which he says are the result of being beaten by assailants wielding religious icons who told him he should die. Still others were psychological. "If you're gay, that's it. It's like a mark...

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