“Hopefully one day well get a Jack Russell terrier. Right now, we just want simple human happiness.” Victoria and Dasha are just two of the fourteen LGBT subjects profiled in photographer Anastasia Ivanova’s touching series, ” From Russia with Love .” The project, covered in the queer arts and culture journal, Muff Magazine , features images of gay women living under Putin’s presidency, a regime that’s become infamous for its harsh anti-gay legislation . Victoria, 24 and Dasha, 27 “Sometimes our gay friends in Germany, America or England talk about their lives, and we feel as though its another world,” Olgerta and Lisa, two other subjects, told Ivanova. “No doubt they think the same about us, when we tell them of the situation in Russia. Our future is simple. We must leave.” Ivanova, and artistic director EA Bukanova, present the images of LGBT couples of all ages accompanied by personal stories about their relationships and personal lives. The women freely discuss how they met their significant others, the hardships they face as LGBT individuals, and the various hopes and dreams they have for their country. The stories range from beautiful accounts of romance in cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg to disheartening experiences that shed further light on the dismal human rights situation occurring overseas. Scroll through the photos of couples profiled in the story and head over to Muff Magazine for the full accounts. “In the future, all we want is to keep our little family together. Maybe if were lucky one day well have a child.” -Irina, 27 and Antonina, 31 “In public, we try not to hide our feelings, and are determined to hold hands and kiss each other freely, but the gay rights situation in Russia will end badly.
The Micex Index (INDEXCF) gained 0.2 percent to 1,456.49 by the close in Moscow. Twenty-eight shares in the gauge climbed, while twenty-two fell. Uralkali, which said today third-quarter output increased, added 1.7 percent to 170.29 rubles. United Co. Rusal, the worlds biggest aluminum producer, soared 4.5 percent to 98 rubles, the steepest advance on the broader measure. Russia is pushing for Uralkali to resume cooperation on potash sales with Belarus, Dow Jones reported yesterday, citing unidentified people close to the talks. The rift led to the end of a joint venture that controlled 40 percent of global potash exports and spurred a decline in shares of companies producing the commodity. Chinas non-manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index rose to 55.4 last month from 53.9 in August, data released today showed. A level above 50 signals expansion. Uralkali is gaining because people are expecting it to reinstate the partnership with Belarus very soon, Vadim Bit-Avragim, who helps manage about $4.4 billion at Kapital Asset Management in Moscow, said by phone. The only good news today is the Chinese data, which is positive for Russian companies. CEO Arrest Russia has told bidders for Suleiman Kerimovs 22 percent stake in Uralkali they should repair the fallout with Belarus, according to Dow Jones. The stake will probably be sold to a local investor, the newswire reported. Uralkalis chief executive Vladislav Baumgertner was arrested in Minsk in August following talks over the withdrawal from the trading venture.
Soccer-Russia says FIFA investigator Garcia unwelcome
Garcia is stepping up his inquiry into voting procedures for the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cups. He plans to visit every country directly involved in the voting for the finals awarded to Russia for 2018 and Qatar for 2022. But Garcia, a former U.S. federal prosecutor, is on a blacklist Moscow issued in June after Washington named 18 Russians barred from the United States for alleged involvement in lawyer Sergei Magnitsky’s death or other gross rights abuses. Garcia is barred from Russia because of his role in the prosecution of Viktor Bout, a Russian who was long wanted by U.S. authorities on suspicion of arms trafficking and is now serving a 25-year prison term in the United States. Russia’s “Guantanamo List” includes Americans it accuses of involved in torture at prisons and those involved in what it says have been the unfair, politically motivated arrests of Bout and other Russians by U.S. authorities. “Let there be no doubt: We intend to react firmly to unfriendly attacks and unceremonious infringements on the rights of Russian citizens,” the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. “Anyone who is involved in such things should think hard.” The ministry said the United States would be to blame for any consequences of Garcia’s inability to enter Russia. “Questions arising in connection with visa blacklists should be addressed to the initiators and executors of the extraterritorial and discriminatory ‘Magnitsky Act’, which contradicts norms of international law,” it said. (Editing by Greg Stutchbury) DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — The Presidents Cup has a familiar feel in so many ways. The Associated Press