Three months jail time? That’s all the Russian government is considering for a criminal conspiracy to kidnap, beat, and torture gay teenagers in order to deny them their basic human rights.
Three lousy months.
The Russian media is reporting that, after being publicly embarrassed by the international outrage over the their unwillingness to even investigate a confederation of vigilante organizations, whose mission is to kidnap and torture gay teenagers, and then film the entire affair and publish it on Russian social media, the Russian government has finally decided to go after the criminals.
With a whopping 3-month prison sentence, if found guilty. And what a coincidence – that should get these criminals back on the street just in for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Isn’t that special.
Now, I’m no expert on Russian law, but I have a hard time believing that a criminal conspiracy to kidnap and torture young boys, in addition to filming them and then publishing the film online without their permission, only gets you 3 months in a Russian prison.
You’d probably get more jail time than that for misspelling Putin’s name.
What I am an expert on, however, is Googling. And wouldn’t you be surprised to find out that the Russians are actually quite tough on crime.
Even crimes against cats.
But you know who they’re not tough on? People who organize a criminal conspiracy to kidnap and torture gay youth.
Let’s walk through a few Russian “criminals” who are looking at more than 3 months in jail:
- 5 years in prison (potentially) for shooting a cat (under Russia’s “hooliganism” law).
- 6 years in prison (potentially) for blogger who was photographed at a rather raunchy party, and someone else posted the photos online (charge is “pornography).
- 5 years in prison for leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
- 2 year in prison for Pussy Riot.
- 7 years in prison for bribery-while-Jewish.
So to reiterate, running a criminal conspiracy to kidnap and torture gay youth: 3 months.
Shoot a cat: 5 years.