FOF #617 – From Russia with Love

Sep 25, 2007 · 1985 views

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  1. Gary T says:

    What a GREAT SHOW! Thank you Nikolai for making a difference. Thank you Fausto, Marc & Andy for bringing us such an interesting guest.

  2. Interesting show, loved the accent and I like the pic you made for him – very Pierre & Giles!

  3. Ventura79 says:

    I am honestly amazed by the courage and determination Nikolai has, and the time and effort he invests for the GAY Cause, I wish that we had more people like that here in America, many times as Americans we take for granted the simple things we have, such as having a Gay Pride Parade, and to have people in Russia demonstrating against being opressed, is something worthy of admiration!

    I hope that people take a good message from him at the Mathew Shepard March and that his passion is passed down to many more of us!

    Awesome show guys.

  4. Eric says:

    A good interview. Though I was kinda put off by his response to what he would be if he could change himself I still think he is a courageous advocate and wish him the best of luck. I hope human rights movements continue to progress and Russia can get on with the times; a move to more liberal standpoints would help it politically and economically.

  5. Russians are so hot!!!
    I am telling you.
    I got really busy today and almost forgot to comment because this the third week only I still have seven more comments to go!!!!

  6. matt says:

    I’ve always been fascinated by the “other places” concept, a grillion dollars spent and a grillion miles traveled I’ve decided to stick my head in the sand for a while — but in the meantime I’m so grateful to the FOF for being such a fantastic resource for people to articulate what goes on in their place while the listeners are in “other places”.

  7. I’m not sure what you mean by the “other places” concept here Matt- you mean what’s it like to be gay in other parts of the world?

  8. I haven’t even finished listening to this episode, but I just wanted to get a comment in saying I appreciate hearing in-depth interviews on LGBT issues in other countries. Thanks you guys!

  9. who is this andy guy, he is taking over the podcast

  10. Kenny says:

    Courage to you, Nikolai and to every human being who stands up for equality. Thanks to you, FoF, for bringing attention to every cause for equality.

  11. Curtis says:

    I so admire Nikolai for the amazing courage it takes to do do the hard work he is engaged in. It is humbling.

    I found his reaction to the “Break Down 2007” fascinating. I think many of those questions not only don’t translate linguistically, but culturally. The fancy paint color question is based on a pure consumerist culture triviality. The Oprah question should be abandoned – maybe ask “What should Madonna be doing in 5 years?” She at least is internationally known. Even the Vagina Monologue question really requires understanding of the play “The Vagina Monologues” for it to make sense off the bat and not require a lengthy explanation from Fausto and Marc. It was painful to listen to. I really felt for Nikolai because as a guest you want so badly to not sound like an idiot, and being thrown questions that are culturally abstract and literally foreign to your way of thinking is tough.

  12. Good show! Very informative! But you sure tortured that poor boy with the Break Down 2007 questions… poor boy! I agree with Curtis (previous post)…

  13. Wonderful show, really enjoyed this one. It’s so interesting to hear about the struggle for gay rights in other countries, particularly Russia where those who are in defiance of the government are risking a lot to speak out. Really wish I could be in Chicago to hear him speak – -perhaps he will make it to London some day?

  14. Luigi Silvino D'Andrea says:

    In Rio have a protest for a Russia gay life

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