Thursday, 9 September 2010
Azeri Ramin Ismailov will represent Russia in Mr Gay Europe 2010
Ramin Ismailov, 20 yrs old, is a psychology student from Moscow and will be representing Russia in Mr. Gay Europe 2010 to be held in Geneva 19-24 October 2010. He is (almost certainly) ethnic Azerbaijani. I say “almost”, as his name/surname is common and popular in Azerbaijan, however, I was unable to find a confirmation of his ethnicity on the net. There is slight possibility that he could be from one of the northern Caucasian republics in Russia too.
An Azeri friend of mine said “yes” in response to my question re Ramin’s ethnicity: “true, looks like an Azeri - I would even say, definitely yes. The name Ramin Ismayilov or Ismailov is definitely Azeri - but can also be Daghestani or other North Caucasian.”
Ramin likes “singing, playing piano, dancing, meeting friends, and swimming in the rivers and lakes of Switzerland”. Reportedly, he won a modeling contest and appeared in popular Russian gay magazine “Kvir”. Says Ramin: "I want to win Mr. Gay Europe for the gay men in Russia".
Funnily enough, last year Russia was represented by David Baramija of Georgian origin.
Now if Armenian gay man represents Russia next year, that will be a hilarious development :)
Neither Armenia nor Georgia participated in the Mr Gay Europe. Initial intentions and announcement on possible Armenia participation from 2008 were scrapped due to lack of sponsorship. In 2007, Azerbaijan was represented by Sadikh Ragimov, 19 yrs old, from Baku.
*pictures - via Mr Gay Europe; photo of Ramin Ismailov - by Slava Galkin.