Throughout the shooting of To Russia With Love, Gonick and Vlad communicated through, of all things, the gay hookup app Grindr.
I ask Vlad what his worst memory was about his time in Russia, and his answers are haunting.
So far Vlad has insulted my body twice in the span of a half hour.
Vlad Burlutskiy is a civic and political activist from Russia who fled the country last year due to increasing threats.
John and Vlad know each other well, having both appeared in a New York Times article on the caveman movement.
Vlad, who did not give his last name, is an extremely charismatic, broad-faced Russian man who speaks precisely.
Next door in Romania, a historical figure nicknamed Vlad the Impaler inspired the first mainstream depiction of a vampire.
Vlad, described as “an honest to god straight boy,” struggles with his OCD.
Vlad tells how he had a date over to his apartment, but she left because she thought the bathroom was too dirty.
“Vlad was just one of the little wild dogs of Sochi,” Gonick says.