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Kremlin to be sent gay Russian dolls of Elton John and Tom Daley

The dolls will be sent to the Kremlin and to the Russian Embassy in London The dolls will be sent to the Kremlin and to the Russian Embassy in London

Friday, December 13, 2013
3:22 PM

Elton John cuts a dashing figure in pink as he towers over Stephen Fry, who in turn peers over George Michael, flanked on his left side by Graham Norton, poised to the left of a teeny Tom Daley.

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It’s a spectacularly stellar line up and one designed to send a powerful message to Russia.

These celebrity dolls “are sticking two fingers up at homophobia in Russia this Christmas”, claim their makers, creative agency Mother and The Kaleidoscope Trust.

They say the Russian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community is facing increasingly harsh treatment at the hands of authorities and that attacks on gay people are reportedly rising, in a country where homosexuality has been classified as a mental illness since 1999.

These seven limited-edition, hand-painted sets of Russian nesting dolls feature artist’s renders of five LGBT British icons.

They will be auctioned online here from today until December 22 to raise money for The Kaleidoscope Trust and their work with the Russian gay community.

A set will also be delivered to the Russian Embassy in London and The Kremlin as an act of solidarity with the gay community in Russia.

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