01/29/2014 12:02 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

20 Photos From Sochi's Biggest Gay Club


On Sunday, the BBC released an interview in which Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov went full Ahmadinejad. He ignorantly claimed that Russia’s Olympic host city is bereft of gay people — despite the fact that his interviewer, John Sweeney, had attended one of Sochi’s gay clubs the night before.

In truth, as Pakhomov almost certainly knows, the warm Black Sea resort city has been a destination for gay Russians and vacationers since the days of Communism, when homosexuality was a criminal offense punishable by hard labor.

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