"Many gay people in Russia lead a double life, unwilling to disclose their sexual orientation to their family or at work," Loza said.
"In the case of such setup dates, they are afraid to disclose their status, to be accused of pedophilia, and therefore they are afraid to appeal to the police." The activists said Russian criminals have been emboldened by a 2013 law that made it a crime to expose children to gay "propaganda," part of a Kremlin-backed effort to defend traditional family values and counter the influence of what it considers a decadent West.
The film's makers said they believed the low-budget film was awarded an 18 certificate because of the new law.
The adults-only release is perhaps justified by scenes of smoking spliffs, vodka swilling and swearing, but probably not by the film's one gay kiss.
But the film's makers expressed relief that the culture ministry permitted its release at all.
The Russian government's stated purpose for the law is to protect children from being exposed to homonormativity — content presenting homosexuality as being a norm in society — under the argument that it contradicts traditional family values.
Hunters is free to download in Google Play and the i Tunes App Store.
His teacher slams his unemotional performance, until Erik is transformed by a chance meeting with his polar opposite: Lyokha, a manic, foul-mouthed youth from a dead-end provincial town who is frankly homophobic. But ultimately, Lyokha is unable to accept his feelings.Back during the Sochi Olympics, Russia banned a gay dating app called Hunters, something of a Russian response to Grindr.