Russian Departures

The story of a gay Russian man who fears persecution at home and heads to the US seeking asylum - and a new life.

Also on the programme, the out-going US ambassador to Russia reminisces about his time in Moscow and the active social media presence he nurtured while serving there. We also explore the Russian aversion to putting ice cubes in drinking glasses. And, we learn about a programme that teaches people how to prepare authentic ethnic cuisine in New York's immigrant kitchens. Plus, the challenges of keeping America’s ageing immigrant population connected to their communities.

Picture: Demonstrators wearing President Putin masks kiss as they take part in a rally, Credit: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

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