Articles by Ian Bateson



Russians Take Lessons From Film on Gay Activism

"At the beginning the bodies were symbolic and at the end the bodies were real," American writer and activist Sarah Schulman tells a hushed Moscow audience.

Filin Returns to Bolshoi 9 Months After Attack

Bolshoi Theater artistic director Sergei Filin appeared at the theater Tuesday to help kick off its 238th season, nine months after being splashed in the face with acid in an attack that shocked the world.

Q&A: Transgender Lawyer Comes Out in Protest

Masha Bast is used to facing formidable tasks. As the chairwoman for the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights, Bast has worked on some of the most high-profile and politically sensitive cases.

Anti-Gay Vigilante Groups Face Backlash

The video begins with the camera pointed down at a paved path in a snow-covered park, the cameraman walking unsteadily forward. A rap song plays in the background with a telling refrain: "Beat up the gays! Beat up the gays!"