02/13/2014 12:41 pm ET Updated Feb 13, 2014

ABC News Travels To Russia To Cover Treatment Of Gay Community

While most of the nation's attention is on the Winter Olympic games in Sochi, ABC News is looking at a different story in Russia.

ABC News' chief foreign correspondent Terry Moran traveled to Moscow, Russia to get a closer look at the rising reports of violence and discrimination against the country's gay community. The increase in attacks follow Russia's controversial anti-gay law that "bans propaganda of non-traditional relationships."

Moran and the "Nightline" crew spoke to several Russians in the LGBT community about the treatment they have received since the law was passed.

"They just have a legal right to hate us," one man said. "Now they think that gay people can harm children."

Moran also reported from Central Station, the largest gay nightclub in Russia. He found that the club had been a safe haven for many people looking for a place where they "are not discriminated," but that recent "shootings, water and gas attacks, and vandalism" have threatened the club's cultural freedom.

Moran's full report will air on "Nightline" Friday at 12:35 AM. Watch the video for an excerpt.



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