Meet Dr. Yan Goland, a psychiatrist in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
According to the Russian Society of Psychiatrists, Dr. Goland is the only doctor in the country who cures patients of their homosexual desires - none of his Soviet-era colleagues are left.
"They tried to cure them through castration, hormone therapy, and electric shocks, but without any results," Dr. Goland says.
Instead, Dr. Goland turned to the then-untested method of hypnosis.
"You feel calm, cool, indifferent, ice-cold to teenagers and young men," Dr. Goland tells his patient. "Your eye flits past them without resting on any of them."
"When you’re travelling you will be very pleased to look at girls and women riding the bus." Result!
Goland says he has cured seven transsexuals and 78 gays and lesbians. One, a Soviet deputy minister, then married a woman and got a job as a meatpacker. In a supermarket.
According to Goland, another patient came to him seeking a sex change operation by mistake after her parents disowned her for raping her female cousins. Now she works as a nurse for patients with mental disorders. She has been married three times.
Dr. Goland is also known for hanging Christmas trees from the ceiling for the mentally ill.
Russia decriminalized homosexuality in 1993, but banned "promoting non-traditional relationships to minors" this year.
Max Seddon is a correspondent for BuzzFeed World based in Berlin. He has reported from Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and across the ex-Soviet Union and Europe. His secure PGP fingerprint is 6642 80FB 4059 E3F7 BEBE 94A5 242A E424 92E0 7B71
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