Russian LGBT rights activist Alexander Ermoshkin has left the country after a nationally televised story on the state-owned Russia-1 channel accused him of collaborating with U.S. intelligence services. He confirmed in a Facebook post Sunday evening that he had arrived in New York and was staying with friends.
In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Ermoshkin refuted the allegations, saying the show’s producers had set him up. “Without the help, so to speak, of the authorities, it would have been impossible to do this,” he said.
The “Special Correspondent: Poisonous Export” program, which aired July 1, purported to show American intelligence agents recruiting Ermoshkin, a 40-year-old LGBT activist from Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East, to organize LGBT demonstrations in Russia.