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On being queer in Moscow and Melbourne

Sanctuary traditionally means a place of shelter or protection, yet people can seek sanctuary in a shared pastime, a beloved companion or even in simple human contact.  In this video series, Seeking Sanctuary, The Citizen examines what sanctuary means in modern-day Australia.

Seeking sanctuary: Being queer in Moscow and Melbourne

When Mikhail moved from Moscow to Melbourne, he found a gay community that was lacking in his hometown. Video by Líam Clarkhttp://www.thecitizen.org.au/storyboard/being-queer-moscow-and-melbourne

Posted by The Citizen on Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Video by Liam Clark

Mikhail Ruzhanskiy is a young gay man from Russia, a country whose parliament voted in 2013 to make “gay propoganda” illegal.

He spoke to Liam Clark about moving to Melbourne and finding refuge in its gay community.

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