Russia’s neo-nazi movement, which has been organizing across the country in a coordinated effort to kidnap young gay men, is now targeting foreigners, especially foreigners of color.
Russia is a notoriously racist country, to the point where it is reportedly not safe for anyone considered “black” outside of Moscow’s city center. (And in Russia, black is anything that isn’t pure white.)
And while Russian white supremacist vigilante groups have been content, until now, to keep their targeted kidnappings focused on young gay Russians, we now have proof that their campaign is broadening to foreigners, and especially foreigners of color, with serious racist overtones.
In a disturbing video posted on a Russian social media site, a young black foreigner named David (who Spectrum Human Rights says is South African) is taking a shower when the men from the group Occupy Pedophilia barge in and terrorize him, including forcing him to do a fake tribal dance, then shaving his head and violently force feeding him a watermelon. This is a small clip I’ve made from the video.
You can watch the rest of the video below, but be forewarned that it is likely not appropriate for the office.
(An earlier version of the video was posted on Google’s YouTube, and then taken down by Google. Sadly, YouTube consistently takes down pro-gay videos highlighting bullying against trans and gay people by Russia’s white supremacists, and then YouTube has the nerve to claim that they’re taking down the evidence of bullying in order to – get this – prevent bullying. I’ve complained privately, repeatedly, to my contacts at Google, to no avail – they continue to undermine so much of our gay rights work in this area, and then claim to be doing it in the name of gay rights. Enough.)
You can watch that video here, via the Russian site:
And here’s another clip from the video showing the white supremacists shaving the young man’s head:
As we’ve written before, these Russian vigilante groups have been kidnapping people with impunity for months now, if not an entire year or longer. They’ve named themselves “Occupy Pedophilia,” and basically lure young gay men into meeting a member of their group (ostensibly be pretending to be gay themselves). They then kidnap their victim and torture them – including forcing them to drink urine – on film, and the film is then published on Russian social media sites.
One recent victim was raped with a bottle. More on that attack from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
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….
“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.”
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.”
The Russian government has done little to stop these groups, even though its members freely post their faces, and their crimes, online.
Here are some of their recent victims:
Of course, the level of hate in Russian society goes far beyond gay- and trans- bashing. Russian white supremacists – who reportedly are all over Russia’s second-largest city, St. Petersburg – have been branching out their attacks to include migrant workers of late. And Spectrum Human Rights shares a press release from Russia’s “Coalition Against Hate” that says that on April 22, 2012, white supremacists organized an action in which they stormed Moscow subway cars and beat up anyone perceived to be ethnic:
On April 22 a so called “white train car” action (organized beatings of all people with non-Slavic appearance in suburban trains, as well as those passengers who tried to stand up for them) in the trains Moscow-Tver, Moscow-Klin, Moscow-Konakovo.
There is still a video of that action on YouTube, but you’d better watch it fast:
The human rights, and rule of law, situation clearly continues to deteriorate in Russia. And Russia’s government seems all too happy to let.
Have a great 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, so long as you’re straight. And white. And Russian.