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The team behind “Milk” — director Gus Van Sant, writer Dustin Lance Black and producer Bruce Cohen — will be traveling to St. Petersburg, Russia, for a closing night screening Nov. 30 of the 2008 film at the Lgbt-themed festival Bok o Bok (Side by Side), according to a report in U.K. newspaper the Guardian.

Van Sant will lead a discussion about the film at the festival.

Earlier this year, the festival was targeted by Russia’s fierce anti-gay campaigners, and was fined 400,000 rubles ($12,000) and named a “foreign agent” by authorities, citing suspicions that the festival received money from overseas sources. The Kremlin ruled this year that all non-government organizations must register if they receive funding from overseas. Festival organizers denied the allegations. The festival has also been under scrutiny because of the Russian law that bans “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors.”

But in a victory for the fest and gay-rights advocates, »

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