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Baryshnikov: Discrimination and Persecution of Gay People is Unacceptable

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My life has been immensely enriched by gay mentors, colleagues and friends and any discrimination and persecution of gay people is unacceptable. Equal treatment of people is a basic right and it is sad that we still have to even speak about this in [the] 21st century. I salute No More Fear foundation for stepping in so quickly to provide the much necessary assistance to gay and lesbian people who are fleeing prosecution and help them lead a proud life in their new country.

Legendary dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov speaks out against Russia’s anti-gay laws on behalf of the No More Fear Foundation, A US based organisation dedicated to creating change in Russia.

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Baryshnikov is often cited as one of the greatest ballet dancers of all time, he defected from the soviet USSR in 1974. Alongside his acclaimed career as a dancer and choreographer Baryshnikov has also found success as an actor appearing in the film ‘White Nights’ opposite Gregory Hines and Isabella Rossellini and memorably he played Carrie Bradshaw’s love interest artist Alekandr Petrovsky in the final season of ‘Sex and the City’.

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