CBC reports on gay Russians seeking asylum in Canada

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“I have to stay at a homeless shelter now, but I feel safer than in Russia as a gay person. … It’s considered an honor for a Russian, basically, to harm or even kill a gay person. They will be honored by the society, and they will be able to tell everybody, ‘I killed a gay person.’” 

Maxim Zhuravlev, a gay Russian who escaped the country two months ago, just before Russia’s new anti-LGBT law banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” took effect. Zhuravlev was featured in an Aug. 11 story by CBC News about LGBT Russians seeking asylum in Canada. (CBC News) 

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