Anti-Gay Violence in Russia

If you have not yet read Jeff Sharlet’s disturbing new feature in GQ on anti-gay violence in Russia, you should. He details an unholy trinity between the government, which has banned “gay propaganda;” the Russian Orthodox Church; and lawless vigilantes who inflict unspeakable savagery, both psychological and physical, on their fellow citizens.

I had a fascinating conversation with him about it, and what it was like to report the story there, on this week’s 

Sarah Posner, author of God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, covers politics and religion. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, The American ProspectThe NationSalon, and other publications. Follow her on TwitterRSS feed Email

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