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Sochi Gay Scene Thriving

"Mayak," which means “lighthouse” in Russian, is a gay nightclub located in the southern Russian city of Sochi. The Black Sea resort town was a gay hub during the Soviet era due to its remote location and reputation of being very multinational. The club’s owner, Andrei Tenichev, opened "Mayak" eight years ago after working at a gay bar in Moscow. He says Sochi provides a better climate for this type of business compared to Moscow and expects cooperation with the local government during the Winter Olympics in February. A Russian law banning "homosexual propaganda" has threatened to overshadow the games as it continues to provoke an international outcry. (8 PHOTOS)