Russia 4. Discos and Homosexuality

  One of these first days I met a really nice, friendly boy: 15-year-old KirilĀ from the oldest group. His father was Ukrainian and his mother Russian. I found it worth noting that his mum had not paid for him to take part in the English lessons, because she did not like English or cultural associations …

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Russia 3. Vodka Introductions

  At last, we pulled up at the entrance to the camp. There was a group of about 10 people waiting for my arrival; most of these were vazhati, which I'll explain later. I got out of the car and shook hands with Elena, one of the two young women I had been messaging to …