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Russian dolls to send gay Christmas cheer to Russia 

Human rights charity the Kaleidoscope Trust has joined up with creative agency Mother to fight homophobia in Russia this Christmas.

They have created seven limited edition, hand-painted sets of Russian nesting dolls depicting gay British icons: Elton John, George Michael, Stephen Fry, Graham Norton and Tom Daley.

Over Christmas, Mother will deliver a set of dolls to the Russian Embassy in London and The Kremlin as an act of solidarity with the gay community in Russia.

The Russian LGBT community is facing increasingly harsh treatment at the hands of authorities. Attacks on gay people are rising, in a country where homosexuality has been classified as a mental illness since 1999.

The dolls will be auctioned online  between December 13th and 22nd to benefit the Kaleidoscope Trust (and their work with the Russian gay community). It is hoped that 10,000 pounds can be raised at