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When confronted about the persecution of LGBTQ+ people in the Russian republic of Chechnya, pro-Kremlin leader Ramzan A. Kadyrov replied, "This is nonsense. We don't have such people here." A 2017 New York Times article reads, "Gay men have never had an easy life in Chechnya. But the targeted, collective punishment of gays that began last month [...] is a new turn in the region’s long history of rights abuses." David France's (How to Survive a Plague) new documentary spotlights activists who smuggle people facing threats of violence or abduction for their sexual or gender identities to Canada, Eurasia, and other safe zones, where they have to live in secrecy while they await asylum applications.

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