Is homosexual conduct criminally prosecuted in Russia?
Not any more. In April 1993 the infamous Article 121 of the Russian Criminal Code that penalized sex between two consenting male adults was abolished.
What is the age of consent in Russia?
The age of consent is 16 for gay and straight sex.
How dangerous is cruising in Moscow? Can you give any specific advice?
The do's and don'ts are like anywhere else in the world: caution, caution and caution again. You are not likely to be arrested by policemen. (In the unlikely event that it should happen cry loudly that you are an American citizen and you want to talk to your consul. You'll be released immediately.) But refrain from bringing anyone to your residence unless you trust him. Most people at cruising areas are poor and consider all foreigners to be rich and an easy prey. Keep in mind when to be cautious and then go for it -- you can meet really nice and sincere guys!
Is there a red-light district in Moscow? Where are brothels located?
Unlike Amsterdam or Paris, Moscow does not have a specific red-light district. The main area where hustlers can be picked up is located at Kitai-Gorod, which is both an outdoor gay cruising spot and a place to get sex for money. You may also wish to check out our list of other cruising areas. A word of caution, though: Those interested in venturing out should exercise extreme caution and preferably not go alone.
Do you have any rent boys? Can you recommend any escort service agencies or escort boys?
We do not offer any commercial services; we are a non-profit national community-based gay organization. There are a number of escort/sex agencies in Moscow but most of them are unreliable and we have heard reports of clients being robbed and beaten. For this reason we delete all such advertising from our bulletin board. Individual hustlers are even more dangerous since it's harder to track them down than those who work for agencies.
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