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RFE/RL Profiles: Outsiders, Outlanders and Just Proudly “Out”

RFERllogoRFE/RL offers these original features on three distinct “Out” groups:

Correspondent Richard Solash reports that gay athletes and their supporters are preparing to take a stand against Russian laws marginalizing homosexuals during February’s Winter Olympics in Sochi. What will they do? And what will be allowed?

From Biolystok, Poland, correspondent Glenn Kates reports that the number of Chechens seeking asylum in Germany and Poland has already more than doubled, compared to last year’s total. Neither country seems prepared to handle the influx and asylum-seekers appear surprised by the less than welcoming reception.

With some 12 million people spread across the continent, the Roma are Europe’s largest ethnic minority — and also among its most disadvantaged. German documentary photographer Bjoern Steinz spent time in these Romany communities in eastern Slovakia, often in isolated settlements with crumbling infrastructure on the outskirts of cities and towns.