The Moscow New Drama Theater was planning to present Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, a play written in 1997 that dramatizes the court transcripts from the 1895 prosecutions of writer Oscar Wilde that accused him of engaging in sexual relationships with men. The play was set to be directed by the play's writer, Moisés Kaufman and receive funding from the United States government.

But now, the Russian government is preventing the theater from accepting foreign funds for artistic productions, stalling the production indefinitely. Considering the Kremlin's hostility toward homosexuality, many believe the play's content to be the impetus for the government's interference.

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