Ksenia Leonova is special correspondent for Sekreta Firmy. She has written for Forbes, Esquire and other magazines, and has been twice awarded the prestiguous Redkollegia prize for independent journalism in Russia.
Ever since the detention of Pussy Riot five years ago, arrests of artists for non-sanctioned spontaneous performances have become the norm. Katrin Nenasheva was detained five times over the last two years — in particular for her anti-war protests. RU
Umar is 25 and from Gudermes in Chechnya. He is gay. What can the future hold for him in the macho, dzhigit, society he inhabits? He talked to Kseniya Leonova, the first time he has told anyone his story.