Photographer Misha Friedman spent 10 days in Tolyatti and Samara, two cities 600 miles south of Moscow in September 2013, photographing the lives of gay men and women far from the hustle of Russia’s biggest cities.
He reached out to BuzzFeed after reading this story, which details the brutal abuse and violence faced by gays and lesbians in those cities. By chance, among those he photographed were two of the story’s subjects — Konstantin Golava and Mikhail Tumasov.
Follow Friedman’s story here.
This piece was also published by the Russian language BBC.