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THE FUTURE IS HISTORY

MASHA GESSEN TALKS TO CARRIE LYELL ABOUT HER NEW BOOK AND THE CURRENT SITUATION FOR LGBT PEOPLE IN RUSSIA
PHOTO TANYA SAZANSKY

”THE STORIES OF WOMEN WHO MAKE IT OUT OF CHECHNYA ARE TERRIFYING AND TRAGIC”

Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist and author of nine books, including Words Will Break Cement: The Passion Of Pussy Riot and The Man Without A Face: The Unlikely Rise Of Vladimir Putin. Her latest, The Future Is History, is an award-winning and absorbing piece of non-fiction which follows the lives of four Russians born as the Soviet Union crumbled. DIVA editor Carrie Lyell met with her on a recent trip to London.

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