Russian vigilantes rape young gay man with bottle to “cure” him, film assault

In what has become a common refrain from Russia, vigilantes have reportedly kidnapped another young gay man, tortured him at gun point, and this time raped him with a bottle and then shoved it in further with a baseball bat, purportedly to cure him of being gay.

The crime apparently happened two days ago, and was reported by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, which has interviewed a man who claims to have committed the crime.

These anti-gay vigilante groups have been running free in Russia, nationwide, for months now, with little to no interesting from the Russian authorities.  It was only after significantly international news coverage of several of the most recent kidnap/tortures of young gay men that the Russian police claimed to be investigating.

So much for Vladimir Putin’s supposed interest in the rule of law and the equality of men.

Image of the young man who was kidnaped, tortured and raped, via RFE/RL.

Image of the young man who was kidnaped, tortured and raped, via RFE/RL.

RFE/RL has more of the sickening details:

The series of short clips, making the rounds on the mobile phone application WhatsApp show the victim, who seems to be an ethnic Uzbek, being bullied into confessing that he is gay.

He is asked to identify himself and is stripped of his clothes, which are later burned. He is then handcuffed, beaten, insulted, and threatened with a gun. Ultimately, he is forced to sodomize himself by sitting on a bottle, which is then pushed with a bat.

The man, visibly terrified, weeps throughout much of the ordeal.

The Russians were seeking a prison term of 3 whopping months for the kidnappers, who they have yet to even find even though they have them on film, up close, in good quality.  In contrast, you get 5 years in Russia for shooting a cat.

And of course, we’ve heard nothing of this supposedly Russian government effort to finally investigate, and now it’s happened again.

And keep in mind, as mentioned above, that it took RFE/RL only 24 hours to find the perpetrator.  The Russian government, however, can’t be bothered.

Russian vigilantes kidnap and attack a young gay Russian they first stalked on a local social media site.

Russian vigilantes kidnap and attack a young gay Russian they first stalked on a local social media site.

This time the torture and rape was of a young Uzbek man, or boy (the age is unclear).  Typically the vigilantes film the entire kidnapping and attack – which often includes forcing the victim to drink urine – and then post the video on Russian social media. They also attack transgender Russians as well.

In spite of the fact that the videos always contain the faces of the attackers, and usually the home towns are indicated by the local scenery, the Russian authorities do next to nothing.

RFE/RL interviewed a man who claims to be one of the assailants:

“We made him sit on a bottle so that he repents for his sins and comes to reason,” he told RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service. “We did this to protect the dignity of Uzbeks. We live and work here, we are in contact with people of different nationalities. There will be no respect for us otherwise.”

Russian vigilantes show off a young gay boy they claim to have abducted and then doused with urine after entrapping him via a gay social media site. Reports from Russia suggest the boy may now be dead.

In an earlier incident, Russian vigilantes show off a young gay boy they claim to have abducted and then doused with urine after entrapping him via a gay social media site. Reports from Russia suggest the boy may now be dead.

According to the purported assailant, the attack took place on September 11 in Novosibirsk, where he himself is a student, and all the participants were ethnic Uzbeks.

He says the man was first detained by a group of Russian antigay vigilantes who lured him to a fake date through a social-networking website.

The vigilantes then allegedly handed him to the city’s Uzbek community.

“Russian guys caught him and called us to say they had a gay Uzbek,” the self-proclaimed author of the video said. “We then questioned him and he confessed to everything. There were six or seven of us. The Russians told us he was a pedophile, which he denied. But he confessed that he was gay.”

johnny weir

Johnny Weird appeared Keith Olbermann’s show the other night, in full Russian military gear, where he defended Putin’s Russia by claiming that gays in New Jersey are oppressed too.

Interestingly, former Olympian figure skater Johnny Weir appeared to claim the other night on Keith Olbermann’s show that the situation in Russia for gay and trans people is similar to the situation he faces in New Jersey.  No word on whether Weir recently been raped with a beer bottle, while the New Jersey police refused to investigate.  We’re guessing not so much.

The latest kidnapping, torture, rape of yet another young gay men will only fuel concerns about the safety of those attending the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and really anyone interested in visiting that country.  It’s bad enough that the Russian government has repeatedly threatened to jail Olympic athletes, guests and media under the country’s draconian anti-gay “propaganda” law.  But now Sochi attendees need to worry about their very lives as well.

Clearly Russia has yet to enter the 21st century, not only in terms of its respect for basic human rights, but also its respect for the basic rule of law.  The notion that a series of young men can be kidnapped, tortured and now raped – and that the crime is now apparently part of a loosely-connected nationwide criminal enterprise – and the Russian authorities find the entire RICO-style operation to be so insignificant as to ignore it, because the victims are gay, is simply barbaric.

Russian journalist Masha Gessen said as much recently, when she urged people in America, and other countries, to help Russia’s LGBT community “get us the hell out” of the country.

Trans woman brutally beaten by Russian vigilantes, who filmed the attack and then posted it online.

Trans woman brutally beaten by Russian vigilantes, who filmed the attack and then posted it online.

People can haggle about whether they support a boycott of the Olympics or not, but one thing is now clear:  Russia is simply not a safe country.  Businesspeople and tourist alike, beware.  (H/t to John Becker for tipping me off to this story.)


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  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    He might have included ‘costume troll’ and ‘skate capo’.

  • Origami_Isopod

    Why are you blaming the mothers and not the fathers? HELLO!?

  • Badgerite

    Yes, but , seriously. Six or seven guys beating up one hapless individual. And they tape this. How do they figure that this gets them to ‘respected’. I think these guys just want to beat on somebody and their particular society has given them a convenient punching bag.

  • doug105

    Weir I can only hope you get what you have coming you sellout piece of shit.

  • CoreyLynxx

    Dear world,

    Please do not judge all LGBT people based on this figure skater mentioned in the article. There are obvious differences to be weighed when it comes to the treatment of LGBT Russians vs LGBT New Jersey residents. Believe it or not, we’ve got it way better in the US. Things are far from perfect but we have a majority that support marriage equality for the first time ever. Russia is still far behind.

  • Ninong

    I just checked Johnny Weir’s Twitter profile and I nearly spit my drink onto my keyboard laughing! First of all, his name is now Johnny Weir-Voronov and this is his profile: 2-Time Olympic Figure Skater, Movie Star, TV Star, Public Speaker, Recording Artist, Author, Designer, Husband to @ Vweirvoronov. For bookings contact xxxxx.

    Who calls himself “movie star,” “TV Star”… It’s laughable! He’s so incredibly over-the-top full of it.

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  • goulo

    “We did this to protect the dignity of Uzbeks. We live and work here, we
    are in contact with people of different nationalities. There will be no
    respect for us otherwise.”

    I wonder if any these violent thugs are so deluded that they sincerely believe it when they say such nonsense. Do any of them seriously imagine that people will respect them and think they are dignified for kidnapping and cruelly torturing people?

    Newsflash to anti-gay thugs: we do not respect you or think you are dignified when you do evil shit like this.

  • goulo

    Unfortunately it’s a bigger problem than merely religious fundamentalism.

    Plenty of hateful anti-gay people in Russia are not religious at all. I’ve emailed with some of them who are virulently anti-gay atheists with nonsensical pseudoscience anti-gay beliefs left over from the Soviet times.

    I doubt Putin himself is anti-gay for religious reasons. It’s pretty obviously just a political tool for him.

  • pappyvet

    To horrible to horrible

  • http://fighttherightwingnuts.blogspot.com/ mike31c

    Of course russian pigs are attacking their own citizens. It’s time the LGBT start arming themselves and defending themselves. Not saying attacking these pigs or burn their bigoted churches. Because that would be wrong.

  • Mighty

    Its not just people its religious fundamentalists. People who can’t see the humanity of others because they believe a book tells them its ok to hate. Countries that have freedom of speech don’t have these gay propaganda laws because freedom of speech is guaranteed regardless of religion. We need to be promoting free speech in every nation on the planet. That way religious fundamentalists can’t keep people from defending themselves via protests and speech.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I assure you there is nothing hypocritical in my manifest contempt for your perspective.

  • SwD

    I am who I am, regardless of your hypocritical uncooth manner in addressing my perspective, and it seems YOU, obviously are a miserable wench..whomever you proport to be…s you are not worth any more of my energy….go on already….please…

  • sonoitabear

    Well, well, well… Trip Advisor finally admits they’re under Russian tour guides’ control… I received this in an email today from “Hollis” at Trip Advisor Forum Support:

    “Your access was disabled after we received complaints from the
    community that many inappropriate messages have
    been posted on the Sochi and St. Petersburg travel forums. These
    messages included content not pertaining to travel in the
    area, socio-political rants, and attempts to disrupt
    the forums.”

    So, beware, potential posters: Trip Advisor’s Russian overlords will ban you for pointing out that LGBT are currently being raped and tortured with the tacit approval of the Russian authorities…

  • StraightGrandmother

    I don’t remember how many Russian Jews we took in, in the 1970′s, it had to be at least 100,000 if not more. They were being persecuted in the old Soviet Union, and under US and other pressure the Soviets allowed them to emigrate. We took in Thousands at a time in the 1970′s. If we could do that for Soviet Jews we certainly should be able to do that for any Gay Russians today.

    I’ll try and find a reference article on this so you can see what I mean. Jewish synagogs would sponsor hundred of families and the congregation helped them to settle. We have done this before, offer asylum for persecuted minority people from the Eastern Block.

  • Anonymous

    Sadly, they don’t understand the benefits of democracy due to brainwashing.

  • Anonymous

    And people accuse it of being too “left-wing”

  • Ninong

    Surveys show that about 80% of the people in Russia support the new law that criminalizes propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors. The law is deliberately vague. For example, a Russian TV channel got in trouble a few days ago because they broadcast a very ordinary French film that including a scene of a three-way: one young man with two young women in bed together. That’s something that is quite ordinary in France but it’s a violation of the new law in Russia. Maybe if they showed it after 11 p.m. or something? I don’t know.
    I believe some Russian official seriously made the point that gays could still march in the streets carrying signs proclaiming their sexual orientation as long as they did it after midnight and with flashlights instead of street lights. That way all the children would be nestled all snug in the beds while visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.

    The majority of Russians still believe, just like some fundamentalists Christans over here, that homosexuality is a chosen lifestyle and not an innate sexual orientaton. Some even agree that it can be cured, or at least prevented, by the aggressive disapproval of society. I’m not saying this is in anyway equal to what is going on in Russia today, but we do have some right-wing fundamentalist Christians over here who vehemently object to any school that promotes tolerance or has diversity training. They freak out if the school starts a gay-straight alliance. They object if the school tells their children that they must be nice to the gays. They even object to any anti-bullying instruction because they believe they have a right as parents to teach their children to shun gay children and tell them they are going to hell if they don’t stop their sinful ways. In Russia, they just carry that idea to the extreme.

    Putin now has an enemy within and an enemy without to help him solidify support with the Russian people. The evil gays are the enemy within and the secular West, led by the United States, is the enemy without, as demonstrated by their acceptance of the evil gays. The Russian people are above all that and will refuse to be corrupted by the sinful West. It’s getting a little out of control, however, now that some of the anti-gay vigilantes in Moscow and St. Petersburg have taken to kidnapping and beating up Russians from the southern part of the Russian Federation that are not ethnic Russians, as demonstrated by their darker skin.

    Those gangs tend to be almost exclusively Northern European ethnic Russians with light blond hair and light blue eyes. They will not only make Russia morally pure by eliminating the filthy gays but racially pure by kicking out any of the not-white-enough migrants who come to Moscow looking for work.

  • StraightGrandmother

    SwD Just said s/he agrees that this is a Human Right.

    Should it be a basic Human Right to walk down the street while gay and your government will protect your right to do so?

    Yes Grandma, I believe it is a human right, yet precaution in others
    countries that dole-out malicious violence if displaying same sex views,
    is what my entire point of view is…

    I think you should have focused more of your comment along this line, that you believe Russia is violating the Human Rights of people who are LGBT. That gay people have the right to walk down the street while being overtly gay. I had to drag this out of you. Most of your comments are advising gay people to stay in the closet in these viciously anti gay countries. Most of the people on here are LGBT (I’m not, but am a big supporter) and I am reading that they were universally offended that anyone would be telling them to go back in the closet. They know they are gay, they don’t need you to tell them how to behave.

    Rather what they want is for people to stand with them, to stand up and say, “Your Sexual Orientation is a protected Human Right equal to other Human Rights such as Religion.” You didn’t do that, you came on here and advised them to stay safe (stay hidden), which I think they know more than you or I know about staying safe, since they in fact are actually gay.

    My next question, you have agreed walking while gay is a Human Right. How about, Kissing on the street while gay? This goes to protecting sexual orientation. Is that a Human Right? Kissing on the street while gay.

    I did not know for sure, based on what you wrote initially, that you are anti gay. I just needed that clarified. Thank you.

  • Stev84

    Don’t feed the troll

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “was ‘gay’, which I am not…..” That is abundantly clear.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Bravo!!!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “I have other things I do other than read this forum” Then please do them and F*ck off.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Thanks for the reminder Mod. I am so quilt of that. These arrogant little shit flies drive me wild.

  • lynchie

    Please, please use your spell check

  • lynchie

    We are bashers of idiots like you. By the way putting quotes around a word doesn’t make it special. As far as not liking your point of view your right, I don’t like it. It is naive and full of youthful stupidity.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “hypocryte” Sound it out moron, spell it correctly and don’t get back to us.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Oh for Christ’s sake SG, spank the little bast*ard with a wooden spoon.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “WHO are you to tell me anything?” Me, I am older and have more insurance you cowardly, miserable little collaborating dwerp. There, How does that settle?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    The NYT is such a tool for publishing that propaganda tripe.

  • SwD

    Your prediction is wrong much like your perception of who I am…..I have other things I do other than read this forum, and if I skipped you….ahh…I am HUMAN!

    Yes Grandma, I believe it is a human right, yet precaution in others countries that dole-out malicious violence if displaying same sex views, is what my entire point of view is…

    IF that is read as living oppressed or in the closet, then, I guess for me, that would be the safest way to live as a gay in these areas, …that is my point…please accept that….as you and others want your point accecpted…..Unfortunate that parts of the world do not, or may not in the near future share ‘our’ humanistic views…
    Peace and love to you and yours…now I will go and enjoy the sunshine…perhaps you should too…Vit D is good for our Immune system ;)

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    The state sponsored terrorism of its citizens with the imprimatur of President Putin, the Duma and apparently the approval of most of its cretinous citizens, is barbaric. Russia has become the laughing stock of the world and should be ridiculed at very opportunity. Harass in media as often as possible the sponsors of this neo-Nazi Olympics. Russia is no longer fit to be considered among civilized nations.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Criticize his sequins!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    pppffftttt

  • FLL

    That jpeg was first posted by someone in Seattle with a Tumblr account. I just sent him a message asking if it was a real photo taken on the Moscow subway. The map of the Moscow subway system on the wall is correct, in any case.

  • jomicur

    I hope this WILL cure him–of being Russian. He and all our other brothers and sisters there need to get the hell out. Russia is a slime pit masquerading as a country.

  • Stev84

    The scare quotes really tell us everything we need to know about you.

  • StraightGrandmother

    I don’t want you gone. I am interested in dialoging with you. Please see my comment of 6 hours ago to you. `i am hoping for a response. Have my fingers crossed.

    Thank you.

  • StraightGrandmother

    See I was right! Within the last hour you have responded to other comments but you have completely ignored, skipped over my comment of 6 hours ago asking for clarification. I predicted you would refuse to answer.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    that photo is a hoot, is it real, where from?

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    This has to stop. I just can’t wrap my head around why people would be so cruel, why those who are sworn to serve and protect turn a blind eye, and further, why the penalty for such behavior is less than a slap-on-the-wrist.

    The pressure needs to be increased and not let up until or unless there are real changes in Russia. There is no justification for this behavior, no matter what anyone would or could say. Period. No country of people should be allowed to do such inhuman acts without paying a price. Shun them economically and socially.

    Open up the borders to Russian LGBT refugees as they are truly in need of asylum. Raise hell about the Olympics. And call the Johnny Weirs of the world out for their remarkable stupidity and enablement of the Russian regime’s pogrom by making excuses for them.

    And then have a conversation about discontinuing the Olympics. This crap has been going on far too long, they’ve never been sensitive about these issues and quite frankly, it’s been nothing but a money grab in modern times anyway.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    OH god. I’m telling you, EVERY TIME I write his name I do that, and then catch it and change it back. He no longer has earned an edit.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Exactly. Meant to add that to this, I will.

  • SwD

    WHO are you to tell me anything?, and you to tell me to be gone? another hypocrite….this forum is full of ‘bashers’ of anyone who writes a perspective, who is not gay….IF my terminology, or Geographical reference is ‘off’ excuse the ignorance….OPh, amy bad….or is that not acceptable to you?

  • SwD

    sound like it? that is ‘your mind’s voice’ reading my words…..your perspective is yours,your rearing is what it is, as someone elses is theirs….
    No, BTW, I am happy regardless if you or your’s are openly gay, or not, it does not make me happy to read the violence, or death that we inflict on one another(‘We’) one happy family…..

  • SwD

    I am not hiding behind an anonomous tag, and then calling someone a derogative name as some here are doing….TOTALY hypocritical…..

    What is this forum? a ‘bashing’ if someone writes a perspective of ‘caution’ regarding a very sensitive subject , where countries kill, and mame over being ‘gay’?

    Get over your respective self…..What is your question pertaining to? a fight? Enough already, I am opposed to the violence, just that my pespective is:
    ‘if you know a part of town is dangerous to walk in, (being gay, caucasian, African American, or whatever, and you know there are ‘thugs’/malicious people who will hurt you, would you do it”….???
    not that you should not…, yet all the ‘bashers’ here are against anyone stating anything other than what ‘they’ want to read….

  • lynchie

    Spell check thy name is SwD

  • lynchie

    I forgot all about Sarah and her crushing stupidity. Electing her to any office really convinces me we are doomed. Palin, Bachmann, King, Gohmert the list is endless.

  • SwD

    a punk? and you oppose insults? hypocryte is what you are…I was writing not to illicit your anger, or angst, and BTW, we have never met, ….

  • Ninong

    That’s the “wank the gay away” cure. It’s the latest thing. Ejaculate all those impure thoughts.

  • Ninong

    Wait a minute, what? Africa is not a country?

    “We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease.” –George W. Bush, Gothenburg, Sweden, June 14, 2001

    Also, during the briefing sessions McCain’s staff had with Sarah Palin to see if she was ready for prime time, after her disastrous interview with Katie Couric, they were horrified to learn that she didn’t know Africa was the name of a continent, and not a country, and she couldn’t name the three countries that make up NAFTA. Yet 59,000,000 Americans thought Sarah Palin would make a suitable president should something happen to McCain.

    “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning.” Another priceless Bush quotation. So much for Yale and Harvard.

  • Ninong

    Just for clarification purposes, those letters on his uniform are in Russian (Cyrillic alphabet) and if you want to use them in English (Roman alphabet), it should be OMON. That’s not an ‘H’, it’s a Cyrillic ‘N’.

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    Can you imagine what would happen if Putin DIDN’T abide by international law!?!?!?!

  • jomicur

    Simple answer: Russian mothers.

  • nicho

    They should learn from the enlightened people in the US. Here, we cure gays by having them raped by clergymen who suffer no penalties. /sarcasm

  • discus_sucks_ass

    Hey Vlad, put up another column in the NYT.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    That’s alright. You know I love you. In fact, I’ve considered switching my username to GayGrandfather.

  • Moderator3

    Don’t feed the trolls. They’ll stick around if you do.

  • Badgerite

    This is disgusting.

  • Badgerite

    How do you argue with a Russian? In America we can argue to our fellow citizens that the Constitution’s guarantee of equal treatment under the law requires that gay and transgender people have the same rights as anyone else with respect to their sexuality. Apparently Russians do not share that ethic. But what exactly do they think they are accomplishing by making people who just want to live openly and freely live in fear of their countryman. You would have beaten up Tchaikovsky, you slug. Do you really think you are better than he was because he was attracted to other men? Could you compose what he did? I think not. And God gave him that gift. A gay man.

  • Clevelandchick

    You’re a little snotty immature speck of nothing aren’t you?

  • Clevelandchick

    What’s your real name then?

  • Clevelandchick

    Being openly gay isn’t forced on a country you dolt. It’s not “forcing” an issue for people to want to just live as they are with inalienable human rights. I despise passive aggressive rubes like yourself who spout bigoted ‘good intentions’. There is no such thing as an “alternative lifestyle”. Gay people are no different than straight people except for who they are sexually attracted to and fall in love with. Gay people don’t force themselves on society, society forces it’s bigotry onto gay people.

  • StraightGrandmother

    You are right, I missed reading the very end words you wrote, “and I plan on contacting them as soon as possible.” My apologies.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    That’s what I said. I’ve already sent out a couple of emails. I’ll get it worked out eventually.

  • lynchie

    McCain does not give a shit about gay issues. He only knows war, killing and bombing. Same goes for Congress. They are useless turds.

  • lynchie

    You are not anti gay….you sure as hell sound like it. Back in the closet for the gay community would make you and yours happy, Eh.

  • lynchie

    You could be a Miss USA contestant. Africa is not a country. So it appears it ok for straight people to kiss, hold hands but not for the gay community. Your need to add “which I am not” to a sentence was a dead giveaway. Be gone, how dare you tell anyone how to act or what to say.

  • StraightGrandmother

    Well, I hope this means you will do something about it then in Minneapolis.

  • lynchie

    Great parallels with KKK and skin head action against minorities and let’s not forget the gay attacks here in the states. We have the GOP who have done a good job of blaming minorities for all our problems as well as many religious leaders condemning the gay community. The only solution we have is to boycott all the sponsors, no one attend or watch and hope that one of our elected officials grows a pair.

  • StraightGrandmother

    And McDonlds, and Samsung and GE and NBC and VISA
    See, we know the names of the sponsors now.

  • StraightGrandmother

    Let me ask you a clarifying question. Is our sexual orientation a Human Right?

    Human Right in the sense that it is a basic right we all have as human beings, and governments should not discriminate against their citizens based on this Human Right of Sexual Orientation.

    Should it be a basic Human Right to walk down the street while gay and your government will protect your right to do so?

    I understand the rest of what you wrote, how people who live in these countries should be cautious because those are the laws. My question to you is different, my question is, do those laws that criminalize and or discriminate based on sexual orientation (gay) or gender identity (transsexual person) are those laws proper or improper? Thank you.

  • StraightGrandmother

    Thank you

  • FLL

    So we meet again. The same little punk who couldn’t seem to get my username straight in the reply downthread. From your comment:

    “YET, being openly ‘gay’ , or whatever is the ‘correct’ manner of statement, should NOT be forced on people/countries who have vehement, and steadfast believes against ‘same -sex couples/marriages/involvement.”

    That’s a pretty insulting way to describe the right of assembly, which is enshrined in the constitutions of the United States, among many other countries, and even in paragraph 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. Who in the hell are you to tell people that they “shouldn’t” organize a Moscow Pride parade or that they don’t have the right to peacefully assemble? The vast majority of global opinion is against you on this one. Maybe time for you to back off, punk? Huh?

  • FLL

    Hey, punk, the username is FLL, not Grandma. Check to see that you’re replying to the right commenter.

  • mirror

    Add Coca Cola and other big sponsors.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    I live in a suburb of Minneapolis. I’m absolutely certain that the Minneapolis council and mayor would not condone such behavior. In fact, before my husband and I were married, we had a commitment ceremony officiated by the current mayor. He is stepping down, and hopefully we will see him in a statewide position eventually. There are gay members of the council, and I plan on contacting them as soon as possible.

  • Tom in Lazybrook

    Sorry for the double post. Apparently, this crime took place in Novosibirsk. There has been a problem with the police force there. Even when confronted with violence against Gay persons, they refuse to act. http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/mob-halts-russian-gay-film-festival-and-chases-organizers080612 The only response the state has done in response to the highlighted case was to shut down the organization holding the film festival by demanding they register as ‘foreign agents’. So much for Putin’s claims that Gays can do what they want in private (the film festival was in private).
    Even if conducting their lives in the closet or in private in Novosibirsk, one of Russia’s largest cities, Gays face direct police inaction in the face of filmed violence and even violence taking place in full view of the police forces.
    Novosibirsk is twinned with Minneapolis. I wonder if Minneapolis wants to remain twinned with a city where the police REPEATEDLY refuse to do anything about violence against Gay persons.

  • Tom in Lazybrook

    How are all those prosecutions going on in Russia? I guess they aren’t interested in prosecuting rape, assault, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, and organized criminal enterprises engaged in rape, conspiracy. They’re too busy arresting Gay people for holding placards condemning homophobia and violence.
    I think that the following people/organizations should be asked to comment on this situation.
    1) Russia Today
    2) Johnny Weir
    3) IOC
    4) FIFA
    5) Austin Ruse/CFAM
    The lack of prosecutions of those responsible leaves me with the impression that these are state tolerated attacks. In other words, the Putin regime knows about the crimes and has decided to license them by not prosecuting them.

  • Moderator3

    That is his username. It’s no different than SwD.

  • SwD

    You are assuming Doug….I am youngas in 20, or 30, or naive,and you and others are trying to interpret something other than what I wrote: If you are not in the US, you need to be aware of other countries laws, beliefs, and the apparent actions can be- If you want/expect to have the right to walk down the street with your lover/husband, or significant other, and know the country will ostrasize you…will you take that chance?
    Again, should you try to determine I am supporting any of what the article reported, you are missing the point…, as my point is: BE AWARE, BE PRECAUTIOUS whether you feel it ishumanley right, or wrong…..
    Change in the US took YEARS, as many gays in their 60s, 70s, and beyond can attest to….
    Just because I am not stating what you want me to does not mean I am not sensetive to what is occuring…read what I wrote, not an excert that you want to disect into something it is not…..Peace to all of you who want, or seem to misinterpret

  • HKB

    I hope these people die violently and in agony, and SOON. May they pick on the wrong man and die weeping at the hands of their victim and his family. Every last one of them.

  • Doug Moore

    You must be very young and have no idea how it was for gay men and women in the U S in the 50′s and 60′s. They are not kidnapping and dismembering gays yet as was the case in the 40′s. Families so embarassed, no action on the part of police and you wonder why we stayed in the closet.

  • SwD

    and you a coward being anonymous…Boo!

  • SwD

    If I use the incorrect terms…shame on me….
    What is it you don’t get? Not all countries are open to your, mine, or another’s perspective on sexual orientation….read the rest of what I wrote…I am not anti gay…….look at what happens with religion……and wars, and the atrocities that occur as a result

  • Jim Olson

    Because he is a Republican, and has heretofore shown an unsurprising lack of compassion or understanding of LGBT issues?

  • Anonymous

    I misread your comment when I gave you a ^ vote…it appears you’re another concern troll. Shoo

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Alternative lifestyles? GFY! It would have destroyed my soul if I ever had to call my husband my roommate.

  • Anonymous

    I laughed.

  • MichaelS

    So maybe those Jews in Germany shouldn’t have been so prominent with their menorahs and their matzos and their shops? If only they had stayed in their homes and pretended to be good Aryans?…

  • MichaelS

    I’m fed up with Johnny Weir. Time to start boycotting him, too.

  • Thom Allen

    John, you finally did it. You turned Princess Johnny into Johnny Weird in you. photo caption.

  • Anonymous

    The Nashi (pro-Putin nationalist youth group) has a radical skinhead fringe. These are the people that beat up anti-Putin reporters. Putin met with the group and commended the leader, but seemed to turn a blind eye to these skinheads
    Reminds me of other “youth groups” from the ’30s

  • Thom Allen

    The Uzbeks did this to get the respect of the other nationalities that surround them. What kind of people would respect those who did something like this? What kind of people woulf feel the need to get those people’s respect? Calling them animals? I’ve never heard on an animal that uses a tool to rape another animal. Performing this rape should qualify as gay propaganda since it involved anal sex. And, God knows, hetero couples in Russia and Uzbekistan would NEVER have rectal sex – sex if for procreation. Therefore, anal sex must be gay and gay propaganda at that. Somehow I don’t think they’ll be prosecuted for gay propaganda. Or rape. Or assault and battery. Or a weapons violation. Or terroristic threats. Or kidnapping.

    I’m not sure that these are vigilantes. Vigilantes work outside of the law. Since the police are permitting and enjoying this, these neoNazis might just be considered a deputized posse.

    And I’ll bet that their parents, friends, families all lionize them for their bravery as seven of them assault one man. And, most assuredly, their god approves.

  • Anonymous

    Also, am I naive to think it’s a worse crime to use a gun there? Or are they just going to call it simple assault too?

  • SwD

    Not even close….stop trying to read between the lines Grandma…..

  • Anonymous

    Have to agree with you there…they made it okay to be openly gay and changed their mind after the fact. It’s too late now. It’s unfair, a reminder of dictators who encouraged opponents to speak out and then eliminated them.

  • StraightGrandmother

    YET, being openly ‘gay’ , or whatever is the ‘correct’ manner of statement, should NOT be forced on people/countries who have vehement, and steadfast believes against ‘same -sex couples/marriages/involvement

    Basically here you are saying, “well he had it coming.” If you do mean no human being should have to endure these torturous, and dispecible crimes, what then do you proposes is an appropriate punishment for walking while gay, in these other countries? Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    It really is like 1930s Germany. The government tells people that all problems there are due to “corruptive forces” and minorities. Have a conversation the Russians that always show up to troll us and you will see. The politicians seem to know no better than the citizens, and dangerous things are going to happen. It seems they’re going to learn the hard way and only realize what they’ve done when people are killed and nothing changes. It’s truly terrifying

  • pappyvet

    Inhuman and savage,

  • SwD

    I am appalled by the brutality that these fearful malicious males that inflict their vengful hate, ignorance,and fear on men who have expressed their sexual identity, and many of these type of monsters have imigrated, and now live right here in the USA….oppressed by our acceptance of gay rights, yet they’ are still here watching, waiting, enjoying these reports from afar….

    Unfortunatley, NOT all countries have the same perspective on the gay/homosexual/transgender open-expression that many in the US now have.

    I would stay deep in the closet if I lived in these oppressed countries, and was ‘gay’, which I am not…..

    No human should have to endure these tortuous, and dispecabile crimes, YET, being openly ‘gay’ , or whatever is the ‘correct’ manner of statement, should NOT be forced on people/countries who have vehement, and steadfast believes against ‘same -sex couples/marriages/involvement.

    The Russians/Ubeks, are only (1) of many other countries(Jamacia, Africa, Iran, Iraq, the list is longer than most want to admit) that will not allow public display, or outright expression of being ‘gay’, especially if a person who has altered their genetic make-up……and those who try to ‘force’ the issue are met with much un-speakable violence….. and death..
    It is quite disturbing to look at these pictures/video, let alone read what is occurring…..

    Social Media is NOT an avenue to express oneself when living in areas of such distain for alternative lifestyles, as evidenced by these occuring tragic incidents,as more and more we read of offenses due to the proliferation of FB expressions…

  • Ninong

    John,

    There is another notorious case where Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich (Макси́м Сергее́вич Марцинке́вич), aka Tesak, aka Maxim Restrukt Martsinkevich, kidnap and humiliate a gay man and then post the video. Actually they entrap him into responding to the enticement of an underage young man, then when he shows up at the apartment, the secretly video him passing his hand across the crotch area of the young man while still standing in the doorway to the apartment.
    They grab him an pull him into the apartment and then it just goes downhill from there. It’s really hard watching. They edited out some of the violence so that they could post it but you always see the results of what happened during the part they cut out by the condition of their victim. At the end of what appeared to be more than an hour of humiliation, beatings and abuse, they call the police and turn him over to the police along with the video proving that he touched the young man’s crotch area and admitted that he is a pedophile. In Russian, the word for pedophile is the same as the word for gay man. They man no distinction whatsoever.
    The end of this story, and the reason I even brought it up, is because months later they gloated and took credit for the fact that the gay man “died while in court.” That’s the way Google Translate translates the Russian. I think they mean that while he was being held in jail during the trial process, he “died.” No explanation of how he died. Did he commit suicide? Was he assaulted by another inmate? I don’t know, just that they posted that he died.

  • Jake

    … and we’re the evil ones.

  • FLL

    I have reached the point of information overload concerning not only the repressive actions of the Russian government, but also the atmosphere of hypocrisy in Russia that facilitates those repressive actions. I suppose everyone needs a breather from all of this every now and then, including (apparently) the guys in the Special Purpose Mobile Unit of the police force, OMOH (Отряд мобильный особого назначения). Those are the police units that break up gay-rights demonstrations. Here’s a recent photo of the guys from OMOH chilling on a subway train with the map of the Moscow subway system on the wall behind them. I think the whole world really needs a break from Putin’s closet-case-inspired pogrom:

  • StraightGrandmother

    I sent this to Senator McCain as I read he is going to write an op-Ed for Russian Pravda newspaper.
    I was so sickened reading all those supportive pro Putin comments in the NYT, the American general public doesn’t even know this is going on. Every comment in the NYT should have been throwing these abuses of gays in Russia in Putin’s face. And hardly anybody even mentioned it.

    I know McCain is against gay marriage but I do believe once he reads this article and clicks on the links to all the other articles, I do think McCain will condemn this. How can he not?

  • StraightGrandmother

    Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God.
    What kind of mothers bred these monsters?
    No arrests for any of these on video crimes.
    It is so accepted that the proudly record themselves torturing these young teens, and POST it on line.
    Words cannot describe my deepest sorrow for the boy, and the burning RAGE I have towards the perps AND the Russian PEOPLE, AND the Russian government.
    These are evil barbaric people. Evil, just evil, the whole Russian culture is perverted.

  • butterflybesos9

    it’s always been an evil country or a country that easily tolerates evildoing

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    This is beyond monstrous. I have no words.

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