Gay Russian film fans are defying thugs and politicians to host the Side by Side LGBT Film Festival in Moscow.
The festival will screen 17 films from tomorrow (18 April) until 21 April.
Last April, when Side by Side made its debut in Moscow 1,200 people attended.
They were picketed by Orthodox Christian activists wearing t-shirts with the slogan ‘Orthodoxy or death’ and shouting ‘Perverts get out of Russia.’
Police protected the festival-goers however – and they are hoping that will continue this year.