Only about 10 years ago, transgender people in Russia were an invisible group. As a society, the Russians had little idea about the number of transgender people, let alone what their aspirations in life were. The community was a close-knit one, and kept to itself. But recent high-profile developments have shone a stronger light on the problems faced by it. Russia Beyond spoke to several transgender people to get their take on life in Russian society.
No joint statements were made at the meeting between President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in Helsinki. However, the event did not pass without media noise over a soccer ball presented to Trump by Putin. After all, the thing could be bugged or poisoned.