Rustam Alexander
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A Soviet celebrity leads a double life and lives in quiet suffering
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Vadim Kozin is a popular Soviet singer whose appearance on stage makes crowds go wild. Despite his success, Kozin is not happy. He is struggling with his sexual attraction to other men. The secret police are well aware of his proclivities but do not touch him. This all changes when, one day, the feared chief of the secret police, Lavrentii Beria, invites Kozin to his Moscow residence and asks him to sing something for Stalin. Kozin dares to refuse. Chief Beria loves to rape women and does so with impunity. He hates homosexuals, even if they are celebrities.

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