Co-President at RUSA LGBT, and founder the Brighton Beach Pride. Lyosha holds PhD in Political Science. Lyosha is a former Political Science Professor at Perm State University in Russia. In July 2014, after being persecuted and physically threatened by Security Services, and Neo-Nazi groups for being openly gay professor, and vocal advocate for LGBTIQ rights, he was forced to leave Russia. Lyoha’s sphere of academic expertise is queer studies. Lyosha was granted asylum in the U.S. in March 2017.