Masha Gessen is a Russian/American journalist, author, and activist. She has written extensively on LGBT rights and contributed to many publications, including The New York Times, Slate and Vanity Fair. She is the author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin and Words will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot. Her latest book, The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, will be released in April 2015.
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