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Yevgeniya Debryanskaya
(1961 - living) Russia

Yevgeniya Debryanskaya

Writer, journalist, gay activist and politician

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Yevgeniya lives and work in the USA and in Russia. Her first name is also written as Eugenia. Russische schrijfster, journaliste, homo-aktiviste en politica. Ze woont en werkt in de USA en in Rusland. Haar voornaam wordt ook geschreven als Yevgeniya.

In occasion of Moscow Prife 2006, Yevgeniya Debryanskaya, one of the founders of the lesbian movement in Russia, was giving a media interview nearby. Police seized her and a friend and bundled her into the police van.

Yevgeniya Debryanskaya had been held in a van together with many skinheads, an awkward situation - but he said some skinheads had been treated even more humiliatingly by the police, insulted and forced to crouch on the floor.

After all, the cops knew that the gays would offer no resistance and, in custody or out, were no real threat; the skinheads, though, carried the real possibility of further violence.

Yevgeniya and he, in the van, were urging the police not to treat the arrested Boys violently. The odd cameraderie of rights.

When Yevgeniya E. Debryanskaya, manager of the gay club 12 Volt in Moscow, was asked whether she was agitating for gay rights, she answered: ''No. Russia is not ready for that yet.''

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