He explained that he grew up in a Pentecostal Christian family in rural Russia, that both his parents were pastors, and that he had just come out as gay on YouTube. Kolesov sent a link to the YouTube video — which he uploaded a day after his birthday — and said he hoped that it might at least help one child. It detailed the years he spent praying that God would take his homosexuality away, the depression he suffered, the five attempts to kill himself, and his reasons for speaking out now. He agreed to be interviewed on the phone at first, and then via Skype.
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Facebook Twitter. Andrey Bartenev, 48, is a famous Russian performance artist who first rose to prominence in s Moscow by orchestrating elaborate costumed performances. He represented Russia in the Venice Biennale. They are friends and have been renting the apartment they live in since July.
Subscriber Account active since. Over the past few days a video that appears to show a Russian teenager being bullied by a large gang of kids, apparently for being gay, has been shared on a variety of sites. Quite rightly, the video — which ends with the kid having what appears to be urine poured over him — has caused outrage.