yurygold Yury Goldenshtein

I was born in 1985 in Leningrad. Graduated from Saint-Petersburg Politechnical University in 2009 with a master's degree in math and physics. Studied photography at Saint-Petersburg Galperin faculty of photojournalists in 2007-2009. Continued studying at Academy of Photography under the instruction of Anatoly Maltsev (EPA agency) in 2008. Practiced at Andrey Chapakin photo school at "Nevskoe Vremia" newspaper 2010-2011 Publications: Newspapers "Chas Pic", "Petersburg's Dairy", "Izvestia", "Nevskoe Vrema", "Metro UK", "Daily Mail", "Bumaga" (paperpaper.ru) Journals "Time Out Peterburg", "Antena" Internet agencies "111 news", "Zaks.ru", "Open Democracy UK", "Global Voices" RIA Novosti agency, Interpress agency, DEMOTIX agency (UK), ITAR-TASS photoagency Participation in contests and exhibitions: 2007 Exhibition "Relax" Cultural Center Lensoveta 2008 Participation in exhibition "49-th Photofaculty", museum of Political History of Russia 2008 Contest "Noah's Ark", participation in final exhibition 2009 Exhibition "6-th Petersburg's photo vernisage" central exhibition hall Manege 2009 Participation in exhibition "50-years of Photofaculty " central exhibition hall Manege 2009 Participation in "The First Museum Photobiennale of the Russian museum" Marble Palace 2010 Exhibition "The Firsts", Karla Bulla Hall 2011 Finalist of "Best of Russia 2010" 2011 Finalist "Best Sport Photography 2010" 2011 Finalist "Saint-Petersburg smile" 2012 Participation in exhibition "Cities and people", central exhibition hall Manege 2012 Participation in exhibition "Modernphoto.info The Best 2011/12", Karla Bulla Hall 2012 Participation in exhibition of International Art-Sport-Tour Films Festival "GOLDEN PEAK", Russian Geographical Community 2013 Participation in exhibition "Modernphoto.info The Best 2012/13", Karla Bulla Hall 2014 Finalist of "Best of Russia 2013"

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LGBT Rights Activism in Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
04 Feb 2014

Despite of the stringent laws and public opinion against the LGBT community, activists have created new organizations that help fight for LGBT rights in Russia.

One of such organizations is “Straights for Equality.” “Straights for Equality” is a heterosexual union for LGBT rights that provide support for LGBT society. They make different public actions and pickets in support of LGBT-rights in the city. They started actions in support in June 2012. “Straights for Equality” has now more than 14,000 subscribers on the popular Russian socialnet "VKontakte." There are many gays among participants because they can take part in LGBT-rights protests and actions equally with heterosexual activists and don’t reveal themselves. Natasha Tsymbalova is one of the leaders of “Straights for Equality” and always take part in LGBT-protest actions.

"Blue Rider" is a new art-group in St. Petersburg. There are just two participants now in "Blue Rider" and they try to bring society's attention to LGBT rights by making video clips.

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LGBT Rights Activism in Russia 22
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

LGBT activists kiss during the protest for Gay-rights in Russia, which took place during Russia G20 in St. Petersburg.

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LGBT Rights Activism in Russia 21
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
06 Feb 2014

Riot-police officer guarding LGBT-rally participaints from radical anti-gay and Orthodox activists. LGBT activists protest for the Gay-rights in Russia, hilding flags and banners during Russia G20 in St. Petersburg.

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St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

LGBT activists protest for Gay-rights in Russia, holding flags and banners during Russia G20 in St. Petersburg. One poster stated that "Russia should put the laws up their 'ass'".

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St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

LGBT activists protest for Gay-rights in Russia with flags and banners titled "Stop homophobia in Russia" and "God loves gays", during Russia G20 in St. Petersburg. One poster stated that "Russia should put the laws up their 'ass'".

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LGBT Rights Activism in Russia 18
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

LGBT activist Natalia Tsymbalova protests for Gay-rights in Russia during Russia G20 in St. Petersburg. One poster stated that "Russia should put the laws up their 'ass"'.

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LGBT Rights Activism in Russia 17
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

LGBT-rights activists Dmitry (left) talks with his boyfriend Ivan (right). Dmitry takes part in the organizations "Straights for Equality", "Coming Out", "Support for parents of LGBT teens". Ivan works in all-Russia LGBT-community.

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LGBT Rights Activism in Russia 16
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

"Straights for Equality" activist Natalia Tsymbalova holds a poster titled "Putin lies that there is no discrimination against LGBT in Russia" on St. Petersburg main street, Nevsky prospect, during the G20 forum in the city.

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LGBT Rights Activism in Russia 15
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

LGBT-rights activist Ivan watches a video from an LGBT conference.

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LGBT Rights Activism in Russia 14
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

LGBT-rights activists Dmitry checking his e-mail. Dmitry takes part in the organisations "Straights for Equality", "Coming Out", and "Support for parents of LGBT teens".

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LGBT Rights Activism in Russia 13
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

LGBT-rights activists Dmitry (left) talks with his boyfriend Ivan (right). Dmitry takes part in the organisations "Straights for Equality", "Coming Out", and "Support for parents of LGBT teens". Ivan works in all-Russia LGBT-community.

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LGBT Rights Activism in Russia 12
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

Russia heterosexual union for LGBT rights "Straights for Equality" activist Mikhail Gerasimov holds a poster with the title "Berlin 1936 - Sochi 2014" two days before the Olympic Games official opening ceremony.

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LGBT Rights Activism in Russia 11
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

Russia heterosexual union for LGBT rights "Straights for Equality" activist Natalia Tsymbalova holds a poster with the title "Berlin 1936 - Sochi 2014" with the Olympic clocks countdown in the background showing two days till the official opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

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LGBT Rights Activism in Russia 10
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

Police officer takes iPhone photo of "Straights for Equality" activist Natalia Tsymbalova during the protest picket. Russia heterosexual union for LGBT rights "Straights for Equality" activists hold posters titled "Berlin 1936 - Sochi 2014" with Olympic clocks countdown in background showing two days till the official opening ceremony of the Olympic games.

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LGBT Rights Activism in Russia 9
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

Police officer checks activist's identification during the protest picket. Russia heterosexual union for LGBT rights "Straights for Equality" activists hold poster with the title "Berlin 1936 - Sochi 2014".

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LGBT Rights Activism in Russia 8
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

"Straights for Equality" activist Natalia Tsymbalova holds a poster with the title "Berlin 1936 - Sochi 2014" with the Olympic clocks countdown in the background, showing two days till the official opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

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LGBT rights activism in Russia 23
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

"Blue Rider" art-group activists shoot their art-performance in the field of Mars, St. Petersburg, in support of LGBT-rights in Russia.

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LGBT rights activism in Russia 24
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

Activists of art-group "Blue Rider" perform in support of LGBT-rights in Russia in the field of Mars in St. Petersburg.

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St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

"Blue Rider" activists perform in the field of Mars in St. Petersburg, in support of LGBT-rights in Russia.

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LGBT rights activism in Russia 26
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

"Blue Rider" art-group activists shoot their art-performance on field of Mars in St. Petersburg.

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LGBT rights activism in Russia 27
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

Police officers detain two "Straights for Equality" activists just before they protest with banners on air-balloons in St. Petersburg two days before the Sochi Games.

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LGBT Rights Activism in Russia 1
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

Participants of the heterosexual union for LGBT rights "Straights for Equality" plan a new protest in St. Petersburg before the Olympics in Sochi.

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LGBT Rights Activism in Russia 2
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
06 Feb 2014

Participants of the heterosexual union for LGBT rights "Straights for Equality" plan a new protest in St. Petersburg before the Olympics in Sochi.

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LGBT Rights Activism in Russia 3
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

Gay-activist Kirill Kalugin visits heterosexual union for LGBT rights "Straights for Equality".

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LGBT Rights Activism in Russia 4
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

Participants of the heterosexual union for LGBT rights "Straights for Equality" gather weekly in their headquarters.

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LGBT Rights Activism in Russia 5
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

Participants of the heterosexual union for LGBT rights "Straights for Equality" meet weekly at their headquarters in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

Partisipaints of heterosexual union for LGBT rights "Straights for Equality" meet weekly in their headquaters.

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LGBT Rights Activism in Russia 7
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
05 Feb 2014

Participants of the heterosexual union for LGBT rights, Straights for Equality meet weekly at their headquarters in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Gay Rights Rally In Russia 1
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
18 May 2013

Vitaliy Milonov and anti-gay activists shouting slogans during gay right rally in St. Petersburg.

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Gay Rights Rally In Russia 2
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
18 May 2013

Vitaliy Milonov and anti-gay activists shouting slogans during gay right rally in St. Petersburg.

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Gay Rights Rally In Russia 3
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
18 May 2013

Anti-gay activists shouting slogans during gay right rally in St. Petersburg.

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Gay Rights Rally In Russia 4
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
18 May 2013

Anti-gay activists shouting slogans during gay right rally in St. Petersburg.

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Gay Rights Rally In Russia 5
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
18 May 2013

Some of several dozens of gay rights activists shouting slogans and hold posters during their rally in St. Petersburg.

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Gay Rights Rally In Russia 6
St Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
18 May 2013

Gay rights activists rallied to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia in St. Petersburg.

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Gay Rights Rally In Russia 7
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
17 May 2013

Some of several dozens of gay rights activists shouting slogans and hold posters during their rally in St. Petersburg.

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Gay Rights Rally In Russia 8
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
17 May 2013

Some of several dozens of gay rights activists shouting slogans and hold posters during their rally in St. Petersburg.

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Gay Rights Rally In Russia 9
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
17 May 2013

About one hundred activists participated in rally to commemorate May 17, the day in which homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1990.

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Middle-distance Sled Dog Race 2
Russia, Petrozavodsk
By Yury Goldenshtein
19 Jan 2013

Mushers ready to witness International Middle-distance Sled Dog Race 'On the land of Sampo' in Praja village.

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Middle-distance Sled Dog Race 3
Russia, Petrozavodsk
By Yury Goldenshtein
19 Jan 2013

People playing with their dogs during the International Sled Dog Race.