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Screening ‘Sodom’

A Eurasianet partner post from Coda

On May 27, 2015, Russ­ian celebrity jour­nal­ist and film di­rec­tor Arkady Ma­mon­tov stood in a Moscow stu­dio of the state-owned TV chan­nel Rossiya 1 (Rus­sia One) to dis­cuss his lat­est doc­u­men­tary with a group of ex­perts and an au­di­ence of about 70 peo­ple. Along with tens of mil­lions of Rus­sians who reg­u­larly tune into one of the chan­nel’s most pop­u­lar pro­grams, they had just watched the pre­miere of Ma­mon­tov’s 50-minute film “Sodom,” which equates ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity with pe­dophilia and claims that both were planned by the West­ern po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment.

It was dif­fi­cult to imag­ine that Ma­mon­tov could top the mind-bog­gling claims made in his film, and yet when he was asked to speak, he did. “Ninety per­cent of peo­ple in Wash­ing­ton are sodomites,” he an­nounced, his last words swal­lowed by ap­plause.

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Katerina Patin is a Coda Story reporter and researcher.

A Eurasianet partner post from Coda

Screening ‘Sodom’

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