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This Russian Psychiatrist Will Cure Your Gayness Through Hypnosis

"Distinguished Doctor of the Russian Federation" Yan Goland started "curing" gays, lesbians, and transsexuals when gay sex was outlawed in the Soviet Union, and is still at it today.

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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.

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.

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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