NY city & state pension plans linked to Russian anti-gay hate site

The retirement pension plans of New York City and New York state invest in an affiliate of a Russian Web site used by neo-Nazis to organize and publicize kidnappings of gays, blacks and Jews in Russia.

New York lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights group Queer Nation revealed the ties today following the results of a Freedom of Information Law request by the group to the city and state of New York.

Queer Nation found that the combined pension plans of New York City and New York state own $1,406,675 worth of GDRs, or “global depository receipts,” in Russian telecom giant MegaFon, an affiliate of embattled Russian social media site VKontakte, aka VK.com.  MegaFon and VK.com are both controlled by Russian billionaire oligarch, and friend of Putin, Alisher Usmanov, as a result of a recent purchase of VK.com stock by MegaFon CEO Ivan Tavrin.

Russian billionaire oligarch Alisher Usmanov, who is the second largest shareholder in Megafon, and now controls VK.com.

Russian billionaire oligarch Alisher Usmanov, who controls both MegaFon and VK.com.

Specifically, Queer Nation says the New York City Employee and Retirement System owns 22, 399 GDRs in MegaFon worth $699,968.  And the New York State Common Retirement Fund owns 22, 797 GDRs in MegaFon worth $706,707.

The LGBT rights group is calling on New York City comptroller Scott Stringer, and New York state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, to contact Usmanov and Tavrin, and demand that content depicting, promoting or extolling the abduction of gays, blacks, Jews and others be taken down from VK.com, and that all accounts associated with such materials be deleted.

“Russian neo-Nazis and ultra-nationalists have used VK.com to execute and publicize the kidnappings, beatings, and torture of nearly 1,500 men and boys in Russia,” Queer Nation member John Weir told AMERICAblog.

Weir goes on to note that the New York City and state comptrollers have a history of using their offices to further the public good.

“New York’s pension plans have used their economic power and shareholder resolutions to champion human rights in the past,” Weir said. “Scott Stringer and Tom DiNapoli must use that same power to demand that MegaFon CEO, Ivan Tavrin, and the company’s controlling shareholder, Alisher Usmanov, pull the anti-Semitic, anti-LGBT, and racist content from Russian social media giant VK.com, a site that is an organizing hub for criminal activity by neo-Nazis, vigilantes, and common thugs.”

Occupy Pedophilia abducts a young South African college student in a video hosted on RuTube and published on a VK.com user's wall.

Russian neo-Nazi group Occupy Pedophilia abducts a young South African college student in this snippet of a racist and homophobic video hosted on RuTube and published on a VK.com user’s wall.

VK.com is used by Russian neo-Nazis to organize, and propagandize, anti-gay abductions

VK.com, which bills itself as “the Russian Facebook,” has come under increasing international criticism for permitting a Russian neo-Nazi umbrella group called “Occupy Pedophilia,” and its 30-some affiliates and offshoots, to use VK.com to organize, and publicize, its abductions of gays, blacks and Jews, including teens.  The group also targets immigrants, and what it claims are drug dealers.

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Video of Occupy Pedophilia’s Maxim Martsinkevich abducting and beating a young gay man, who has been given a sex toy to hold. The victim finally succumbs to Martsinkevich’s repeated blows, and falls to the ground in pain. The video was posted, and found, on VK.com.

Occupy Pedophilia is run by Russian ultra-nationalist Maxim Martsinkevich, aka “Tesak,” aka “Slasher.”  The group’s modus operandi includes luring young gays to “dates,” where they are greeted by a large number of men who tie them up, beat them, and then force them to “confess” their sins on camera.

The videos of the abduction and torture are then posted online, typically on VK.com, but also to a lesser degree on YouTube.  And while YouTube removes such videos when notified of their existence, VK.com has been less forthcoming.  More on that in a moment.

The victims, sometimes nude, are mocked and humiliated, called “faggot” repeatedly, often beaten, and they are threatened with being outed to their families and their employers (which, after the session, they are).

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Occupy Pedophilia St. Petersburg head Ekaterina Zigunova (aka Katrina Logunova) interrogates a young gay man she and her 13 henchmen kidnapped. The victim was first beaten until he agreed to confess his sins on camera.

Some victims have their heads shaved down the middle, and a rainbow flag, the international symbol of the gay civil rights movement, is painted on their scalp, while they are forced to pose on camera with sex toys.  (The victims faces have been obscured in many of these photos by me – they are all posted as-is, no obscuring of victim’s faces, on VK.com.)

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Occupy Pedophilia head Maxim Martsinkevich poses with a gay kidnap victim, whose head has been shaved down the middle, a rainbow flag painted on his scalp, and then handed a sex toy. Photo posted on Martsinkevich’s VK.com account.

The victims also often have urine poured on their heads, or are forced to drink it, as a supposed “cure” for their homosexuality.

Kidnapped young gay Russian forced to drink urine.

Kidnapped young gay Russian forced to drink urine.

This victim

This victim is 15 years old.

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If the victim is Jewish, Stars of David are also painted on his nude torso.

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An apparently-Jewish victim of Occupy Pedophilia is interrogated by neo-Nazi Maxim Martsinkevich. The victim’s head has been shaved, a rainbow has been painted on his scalp, and Stars of David have been drawn on his body. (Photo courtesy of VK.com, where Martsinkevich and Occupy Pedophilia have been posting photos and videos of their hate crimes for over a year.)

While Occupy Pedophilia and its affiliates is not the only group that abducts gays in Russia, it is the most profligate and brazen.

Russian government refuses to prosecute Occupy Pedophilia, and even defended it

Occupy Pedophilia founder Martsinkevich was recently arrested under unrelated charges.

The Russian government ignored Martsinkevich’s serial kidnapping spree for nearly a year a half, even though Occupy Pedophilia repeatedly posted videos online, of its own abductions, with the kidnappers even being so bold as to regularly show their faces, seemingly aware that the Russian government had no interest in putting a stop to the the crimes. (Martsinkevich’s VK.com account includes dozens of videos and photos of him abducting gays.)

It is thought that the approaching Sochi Olympics, and a CNN broadcast about Occupy Pedophilia operating in Russia with impunity, finally coerced the Russians to act.

Still, the Russian government refuses to charge Martsinkevich for any of the nearly 1,500 abductions his group claims to have committed over the past year and a half.  In fact, the Russian embassy in London recently issued a statement that appeared to defend Occupy Pedophilia, since the neo-Nazi vigilante group allegedly “only” targets pedophiles.  In fact, Occupy Pedophilia and its affiliates target gays of all ages, including a sizable number of teenagers.

It should be noted that in addition to publishing photo and video evidence of their crimes on VK.com, Occupy Pedophilia also uses VK.com in order to help organize and carry out its abductions.

This “help wanted” notice, seeking an apartment in which to conduct its anti-gay kidnappings ,and seeking a young person to serve as “bait,” has been up on VK.com for the past seven and a half weeks, and remained live when this story was published. (Occupy Pedophilia calls its kidnappings “safaris” – since they “hunt” gays.)

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VK.com has refused to take down evidence of hate crimes

Russian activists say that VK has a poor record of taking down the site’s large collection of gay abduction videos and photos, and that VK refuses to delete the accounts of Occupy Pedophilia leader Martsinkevich, or his lieutenants, who include the head of Occupy Pedophilia St. Petersburg, Ekaterina Zigunova (aka Katrina Logunova).

Logunova’s VK profile includes dozens of videos of herself, or Martsinkevich, abducting and abusing gays.

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Urine is poured on the heads of Occupy Pedophilia’s abduction victims in order to “cure” them of their homosexuality. In the first two clips, the faux-redhead is Occupy Pedophilia St. Petersburg’s Katrina Logunova. The three videos that these clips were taken from were all posted on VK.com.

Not only do the various Occupy Pedophilia affiliates have accounts on VK.com (the organization claims to have 30-some affiliates, if not more), but St. Petersburg even has a VK.com page devoted exclusively to its local anti-gay “safaris.”

"Safari Occupy Pedophilia St. Petersburgm," the title of the group reads. "Safari" is Occupy Pedophilia's term for its anti-gay kidnapping, since they "hunt" gays.

“Safari Occupy Pedophilia St. Petersburgm,” the title of the group reads. “Safari” is Occupy Pedophilia’s term for its anti-gay kidnapping, since they “hunt” gays.

Documents obtained by AMERICAblog confirm the charges of Russian human rights advocates that VK.com has repeatedly refused to take down the Occupy-related videos and accounts, while providing a variety of ever-changing excuses that seem to contradict VK.com’s own Terms of Service (more on that below).

In one conversation from just 9 days ago, VK.com’s help desk wrote that neither the kidnapping videos, nor the groups publishing them, would be deleted because the videos “may be fake.” The help desk added that VK.com doesn’t remove videos posted by kidnappers of their victims, for the amusement of VK.com’s larger audience, unless the victim himself comes forward.

Here’s VK.com’s help desk (translated from the Russian by Spectrum Human Rights Alliance):

As far as those videos, they may be a fake. At this time we don’t have enough info. If we receive complaints from the people featured in the video then we’ll see what to do.

With love, VK.com help desk team

Putting the onus on victims to come forward is a rather difficult proposition for gays in a country that is rabidly homophobic, and in which announcing that you are gay could cost you your job, your family, and get you thrown in jail (in addition to the obvious, kidnapped).

VK.com says that “calls for violence” are not okay, but videos of actual violence are:

In order for us to block the group, such group must have calls for violence, abuse made by the group administrators. Certainly, it’s necessary to hear directly from the victims. The victims should contact us themselves.

Always happy to hear your questions!

And of course, what is Occupy Pedophilia St. Petersburg’s “safari want ad” if not a call for violence?

One more from VK.com’s help desk:

Our experience shows that it’d be wrong for us to presume [on behalf of other users] what is offensive and what is not – actually, it’s not worth doing at all [makes no sense to do it]. That’s why we ask to complain those who become victims. This way we can avoid mistakes and miscommunication. We need a complaint from the abused person.

It would be wrong for VK.com to presume what is offensive and what is not?

Putting aside for a moment that VK.com’s own Terms of Service promise to do just that, by prohibiting content that “insults” or “defiles [the] honor and dignity” of its users or third parties (more on that in a moment), why don’t you be the judge.

Here’s some content taken from Occupy Pedophilia’s, and its henchmen’s, VK.com accounts. See if you are experiencing the same difficulty that VK.com is having in determining whether this content in any way insults or defiles anyone’s honor or dignity:

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VK.com appears to be violating its own TOS

Interestingly, VK.com’s Terms of Service say nothing about victims of abuse having to come forward before content can be taken down.  Here is the relevant portion of VK.com’s TOS:

5.3. When using the Site the User is prohibited from:
….
5.3.4. loading, storing, publishing, disseminating, making available or otherwise using any information which:

  • contains threats, discredits, insults, defiles honor, dignity or business reputation or violates the privacy of other Users or third parties;
  • infringes on the rights of minors;
  • is vulgar or obscene, contains pornographic images and texts or sexual scenes with the participation of minors;
  • contains scenes of inhumane treatment of animals;
  • describes means and methods of suicide, contains any instigation to commit suicide;
  • propagandizes and/or contributes to racial, religious, ethnic hatred or hostility, propagandizes fascism or racial superiority;
  • contains extremist materials;
  • propagandizes criminal activity or contains advices, instructions or guides for criminal activities;
  • contains restricted information including but not limited to government and trade secrets, information on the private life of third persons;
  • advertises or describes the attractiveness of using drugs, including “digital drugs” (audio files affecting the human brain through binaural rhythms), contains information on drug trafficking, drug recipes and drug consumption recommendations;
  • is of fraudulent nature;
  • or infringes other rights and interests of individuals and legal entities or requirements of Russian legislation;

Of course, there is another problem with VK.com’s claim that victims must come forward: In the case of Occcupy Pedophilia St. Petersburg place a “help wanted” ad for accomplices, and a locale, for their next kidnapping, there is no victim yet. Is VK.com seriously claiming that it will permit neo-Nazi groups, or anyone else, to use VK.com to organize abductions of minorities?

Or how about VK.com’s TOS provision banning anything that “contains advices, instructions or guides for criminal activities.”  One would think that Occupy Pedophilia affiliate Restrukt’s video starring Martsinkevich, teaching people how to “catch pedophiles” would fall under that TOS provision. Note the video is hosted by YouTube, but posted to the VK.com account of yet another Occupy Pedophilia related organization:

Occupy Pedophilia head Maxim Martsinkevich gives a lesson how to catch pedophiles. It is posted on YouTube, and then reposted on VK.com.

Occupy Pedophilia head Maxim Martsinkevich gives a lesson how to catch pedophiles. It is posted on YouTube, and then reposted on VK.com.

Also of interest is VK.com’s TOS provision banning anything that “propagandizes fascism.”  Occupy Pedophilia is a neo-Nazi movement.  And you will find references to Hitler, and the Nazis, throughout the VK.com accounts of their various groups and members. And they don’t get taken down.  Here are two current examples from the profile of Occupy Pedophilia St. Petersburg’s Katrina Logunova (aka Ekaterina Zigunova).

The first is self-explanatory (Daniil Konovalov is another close associate of Logunova and Martsinkevich – his VK.com page includes a number of pro-Hitler pro-Nazi posts):

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88 is neo-Nazi code for Heil Hitler (Restrukt is an organization affiliated with Martsinkevich and Occupy Pedophilia – it is also the organization responsible for the “how to catch a pedophile” video):

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And here we have an anti-gay and anti-semitic two-for-one:

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Screenshot on Ekaterina Zigunova’s page on VK.com shows a post about Russian lesbian activist Natasha Tsymbalova. The writing says: “LGBT Zionist Natalya Tsymbalova. (link) I bet many want to say something to her. I ask you not to tell her nasty things. Maybe she’ll hear a nice manly voice and will be cured of faggotry.
Call and tell her everything you think about her.”

VK.com told the Guardian the offending content would come down. It hasn’t.

VK.com, when contacted by the Guardian newspaper last week, promised to delete the offending material. No such mass purge has occurred.

When contacted by the Guardian, George Lobushkin, VK’s press officer, pledged to delete the content. “We do our best to remove the content that violates our terms of service, as fast as possible. Videos of violence and abuse are forbidden,” he said.

“We also block and delete communities where users call to violence or illegal actions against gay people or any other people. Please note that we are the only Russian social network that lets its users select a same-sex person when specifying their relationship status.

“But it is very important for VKontakte to be an independent company, equidistant from any ideological position or belief. People can express themselves freely, as long as they don’t commit illegal acts or call others to those.”

“Videos of violence and abuse are forbidden.”  That’s not what VK.com’s help desk is telling people.  And regardless, photos of violence and abuse are widespread on VK.com, and it’s not readily apparent what if anything VK.com did to address the problem after speaking to the Guardian.

For example, the VK.com accounts of Martsinkevich, Logunova, Occupy Pedophilia and all of its affiliates and spin-off organizations (such as Occupy Gerontophilia and Occupy Narkophilia) are still live, as are dozens, if not more, gay abductions videos, some that have have been up on VK.com for over a year.

While “the Russian Facebook” dawdles, the real Facebook last week deleted accounts belonging to Martsinkevich and Logunova, and Instagram deleted accounts belonging to Logunova and Konovalov.

Stay tuned for more in our continuing series on VK.com, MegaFon, Tavrin and Usmanov.


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  • ГЛУБОКАЯ ГЛОТКА

    Reality

  • Tom Thomas

    Thank you John, for this article, for all your work. Truly, it is both amazing and inspiring.

    There is now a change.org petition directed to Thomas DiNapoli, Comptroller of the State of New York and Scott Stringer, Comptroller of the City of New York – seeking that they bring their influence as shareholders in MegaFon to bear on VK.com to take down pages controlled by vigilante hate groups.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/thomas-dinapoli-insist-that-russian-website-vk-com-stop-promoting-anti-lgbt-racist-thugs?recruiter=1624106&utm_campaign=twitter_link_action_box&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition

  • ГЛУБОКАЯ ГЛОТКА

    Перед Олимпийскими играми в ГосДуме лоббировались законодательные инициативы по поводу гомосексуалистов.
    Предложено лишать родительских прав родителей, кто признается в своей гомосексуальности.
    Предлагается изымать усыновлённых детей из гомосексуальных семей, обычно это семья состоящая из двух женщин.
    По российскому закону гомосексуальных семей не существует, такие семьи будут выявлять и если в них есть усыновлённые дети, этих детей будут забирать в детский дом, отбирать у гомосексуальных родителей своих собственных детей это решение не принято, депутаты будут думать об этом.

    Google translated

    Before the Olympic games Duma lobbies legislative initiatives put forward regarding homosexuals.
    Proposed deprive parental rights , who admits his homosexuality.
    It is proposed cull the adopted children of gay families , usually a family consisting of two women.
    Under Russian law, gay families do not exist, they will be identified and if these families have adopted children , these children will take to the orphanage to take away from gay parents of their own children until a decision is not taken, the MPs will think about it.

  • Swami_Binkinanda

    spasibo.

  • ГЛУБОКАЯ ГЛОТКА

    Американцы не знают, но каждый день, по официальным государственным тв-каналам нам говорят, что Америка-это зло. Американцы виноваты во всём – и в ситуации на Украине, американцы пытаются помешать проведению Олимпиады, американцы навязывают гомосексуализм, проститутка Madonna должна быть оштрафована за пропаганду гомосексуализма на своём концерте в Москве, Madonna поддерживает Pussy Riot – это значит она поддерживает всех, кто против православной церкви, американский посол приехал, чтобы в России сделать “оранжевую революцию”,американцы убивают усыновлённых детей из России, Американцы проводят испытания над нашей территорией климатическое оружие, поэтому погода такая не естественная,Америка скоро рухнет потому, что у неё большой государственный долг, надо доллары продавать, в ГосДуме выдвинули закон, чтобы запретить на территории России доллар, и это каждый день(!!!).
    Режим Путина привёл к тому, что русский народ, добрый по своей сути, сейчас ненавидит всех! Русские ненавидят американцев, украинцев, грузин, Прибалтийские страны, Польшу всех кто живёт лучше нас. Русские люди признают, что уровень ненависти в стране очень высокий.
    Российский народ приучен быть покорным, поэтому любое проявление отстаивание своих интересов осуждается как самим народом, так и властью.
    Требование гомосексуалистов не дискриминировать их вызывает особую агрессию со стороны власти.
    Сейчас законодательные инициативы в отношении к гомосексуалистам не лоббируются, но окончится Олимпиада и всё начнётся опять! Какие законы выдвинуты я расскажу в следующий раз.

    Google translated

    Americans don’t know, but every day , according to official state TV channels, we are told that America is evil. Americans are to blame for everything – and the situation in Ukraine, the
    Americans are trying to prevent the Olympics, Americans impose
    homosexuality, prostitute Madonna should be fined for the promotion of
    homosexuality at his concert in Moscow, Madonna supports Pussy Riot –
    it means it supports all those who are against the Orthodox Church,American
    Ambassador came to Russia to do in the “orange revolution”, Americans
    kill children adopted from Russia, Americans conduct tests over our
    territory climatic weapons, so weather is not a natural, America is
    about to collapse because it has great public debt, it is necessary to
    dollars sell in the GosDuma put forward a law to ban on Russian territory dollar, and that every day ( !) .
    Putin’s regime has led to the fact that the Russian people are inherently good, now hates everyone ! Russian hate Americans, Ukrainians, Georgians , the Baltic countries , Poland, all who live better than us. Russian people recognize that the level of hatred in the country is very high.
    The Russian people are accustomed to be submissive, so any
    manifestation of defending their interests as condemned by the people
    and the government.
    The requirement not to discriminate against homosexuals is particularly their aggression on the part of the authorities .
    Now legislative initiatives with regard to homosexuals do not lobby, but
    will end the Olympics and everything will start again ! What laws nominated I will tell next time.

  • Anonymous

    Right, you have a point about them not getting their fair share in profits. I guess if they were promised a certain bid that’s all they care about. They probably will lose any surplus to the government but they don’t care.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t believe they continue supporting Hitler. In the grand scheme of things, they look even stupider espousing a Russian killer. Haha.

  • The_Fixer

    That’s what stymies me. I’ll put the gay issues aside for the purposes of this discussion, and look at it solely from the financial point of view.

    Presumably, a pension fund invests in something to get a healthy return with minimal risk. It’s well known that Russia is run by criminal enterprises, especially so in the commercial world. Russia is rife with stories of businessmen having to pay bribes just to stay in business. Very often crooked government officials take their cut, or just make an enterprise inefficient or impractical to run through their omnipotent power of the permit.

    So if they’re looking to make a buck, Russia is perhaps one of the more risky places to make it. Anyone who is money-conscious should do their research before investing in anything. Those who are greedy and want to make a great return on their money would shy away from Russia. Pension funds for public employees are not supposed to be run on greed. Which makes their dangerous “investment” in Russia all the more puzzling.

  • 4th Turning

    So many things to see in Sochi! Hope you get to stop in here for a quick
    look/see before coming home.
    http://www.vocativ.com/01-2014/take-break-games-joseph-stalins-sochi-villa/

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Thank you :)

  • Anonymous

    Simply put, they get a profit out of it so they don’t care where the Russian share goes.

  • Anonymous

    John you are a dynamo. I’m consistently amazed at how you pick up on stories that “news” sites ignore. If it wasn’t for people like you I’d still think the mainstream media was relevant.

  • ГЛУБОКАЯ ГЛОТКА

    OK

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    That’s ok, Google translate does an ok job translating for us. Welcome!

  • ГЛУБОКАЯ ГЛОТКА

    Hello! I am sorry that I do commentary in Russian. I know english a little. If you have some questions i glad to answer

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Long-term strategy, obsession… ;-)

  • 2karmanot

    This is where you shine: long term strategy!

  • 2karmanot

    OMG, what’s next: band-aids on all those little Puties on the Hermitage’s Baroque ceilings?

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    LOL Oh, I have a good one coming up in a day or two. Possibly Thursday.

  • 4th Turning

    Is there some way I/we can gift your inner pitbull with a bejeweled collar?
    Appreciate your staying on this story. I’m already confident you intend to
    keep at it long after everybody’s gone home and the lights turned off.

  • 4th Turning

    Спасибо, друг.
    Пожалуйста, продолжайте держать нас и весь мир сообщили.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    I asked Queer Nation about just that. They felt it was too easy to simply ask NY to sell the shares – they want the state and city to push these guys to change their policies. As someone noted above, it’s the same idea behind activists buying shares in a company so that they can go to a shareholder meeting. They want NY to use this as an opportunity to get things Fixed over at VK.com, rather than simply take the easy way out and sell the shares. Then if NY refuses to contact the Russians, and/or the Russians refuse to take action to fix the problem, we can ask them about “next steps” :)

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    That’s the idea behind Queer Nation doing this. NY state has used its shares to push other changes in companies before.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    I google translated this comment, it’s actually quite interesting (and here I was expecting a troll ;-)

    “In Russia, pedophilia – a criminal offense , homosexuality , no, but the authorities specially blended this concept . The picture shows a ” Slasher” – felon with experience , fascist, who is now arrested and is under investigation . Its activities are captured in these photos which cultivated lynching and extremism , but law enforcement service it did not react , and detained him for another article. Law ” propaganda ” sets outright ban talk about unconventional sex minors , pointing directly to the social inferiority of such links , but nobody forbids talk about the standard sex with a child under 12 years , while the law does not impose any restrictions on who shall be entitled to communicate with the child – it may be a neighbor , a passerby , an alcoholic , drug addict and . etc. Just the law states that any naturalistic depictions of sexual organs , is information of a pornographic nature and prohibited for minors , so for example, the statue of David in the Pushkin Museum for teenagers , according to this law to see banned !”

  • perljammer

    Pulling the money is exactly what I suggested in my post. Queer Nation isn’t advocating that, according to your article. They’re advocating making demands of MegaFon that will, IMHO, fall upon disinterested ears.

    MegaFon isn’t a publicly traded company. They can do pretty much whatever the major stakeholders want, and the major stakeholders comprise a group of not very nice people. A couple of years ago, Goldman Sachs pulled out as one of the lead banks in a deal in London wherein MegaFon was seeking to raise up to $3 billion, because of “corporate governance concerns.” You can bet your sweet bippy that if GS thinks it smells fishy, it’s really a very nasty situation. Frankly, it’s hard to figure how New York got sucked into investing in this pile of manure in the first place. Greed, perhaps? Nah, that couldn’t be it.

  • ГЛУБОКАЯ ГЛОТКА

    В России педофилия – уголовно наказуемое деяние, гомосексуализм-нет, однако власти специально смешивают это понятие. На фото изображён “Тесак”-уголовник со стажем,фашист, который сейчас арестован и находится под следствием. Его деятельность запечатлена на этих фото на которых культивируется самосуд и экстремизм, однако правоохранительная служба на это никак не реагировала, а задержали его по другой статье. Закон “о пропаганде” устанавливает прямой запрет рассказывать о нетрадиционном сексе несовершеннолетним, прямо указывая на социальную неполноценность таких связей, однако никому не запрещает разговаривать о стандартном сексе с ребёнком, достигшим 12-ти лет, при этом закон не вводит каких-либо ограничений на то, кто имеет право на такое общение с ребёнком – это может быть сосед, прохожий, алкоголик, наркоман и .т.п. Так же в законе указано, что любое натуралистическое изображение половых органов человека- является информацией порнографического характера и для несовершеннолетних запрещена, поэтому например, статуя Давида в музее Пушкина для подростков, по этому закону для просмотра запрещена!

  • 4th Turning

    I’ve noticed with some satisfaction over the years that a single share has allowed
    entry and ultimately exposure to/of closed, rubber-stamping annual stockholders’
    meetings that brought about at least a few significant changes in business as
    usual mentalities. Apartheid and oppressive South Africa come to mind.

  • The_Fixer

    I can’t fathom, knowing what I know of Russia, why anyone would want to invest one thin dime into any business enterprise in that country.

    It seems to be an incubator for corruption and generally speaking, the homeland of thieves and criminals of all sorts. The 60 Minutes report on the theft of 3 companies from Bill Browder that 4th Turning linked to the other day appears to be business as usual for the country.

    Add to that the brutal treatment of Russian citizens for their being born gay, and investors have absolutely no reason to have any money in the country. It’s a cesspool. And it’s a cesspool that the majority of its citizens seem to be content with.

    Queer Nation is doing good work bringing this to the attention of New York City Employee and Retirement System and the New York State Common Retirement Fund. Additionally, I would never invest in any entity that has any kind of investment in Russia – it’s just asking to be ripped off by gangsters and thieves.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    No, they don’t know. And that’s why we’re informing them – I suspect they’ll take action. And yep, saw that about the ladies.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Pulling the money will still help make this a story, and begint to cause MegaFon some concern, especially if we can find other state investing in them, or other Usmanov-controlled properties.

  • perljammer

    The City and State of New York have less than $1.5 million invested in MegaFon, a company with $8.3 billion in revenue and $1.5 billion in net income (figures from 2011). 0.1% of net income is not a lot of weight to swing when it comes to making demands. Hard to imagine that it makes up a significant share of the two government entities’ pension plans either. Perhaps the City and State of New York should just divest themselves of their holdings in MegaFon — this company certainly is involved in a lot of shady dealings; see the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MegaFon

  • Indigo

    Very few investors know what they’re investing in. It’s just money, as far as they’re concerned. Meanwhile, the two Pussy Riot ladies joined the growing list of protesters being arrested in Fauxlympic Sochi: http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/18/world/europe/russia-pussy-riot-arrests/index.html?hpt=wo_c2

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