Vladimir Luxuria, a former member of the Italian parliament, was “brutally” arrested today at the Sochi Olympics for walking around with a flag that said “gay is ok” in Italian.
Luxuria, who is a trans woman, reportedly phoned Italian gay leader Irma Battaglia, to say that the arrest was “brutal” and “aggressive.”
None of the Russian police spoke English – these are people working the Olympics, and they didn’t even speak English.
Luxuria also said that she remains in police custody, and is now alone in a room with neon lights in her face. She is asking Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino to come to her aid.
Before her arrest, Luxuria, who is a longtime LGBT rights activist in Italy, and who also served as a member of the Italian parliament, posted the following photo to Twitter:
The tweet reads:
I am in Sochi! Greetings with the colors of the rainbow, in Putin’s face!
Luxuria’s protest takes place against a growing, and draconian, crackdown on gay and trans civil rights, but really all human rights, in Russia.
Last year, the Russian parliament passed a law banning gay “propaganda,” which basically bans any speech or actions that could be perceived as “pro-gay,” including quoting a gay person in a newspaper article, or even wearing rainbow suspenders. Certainly, any kind of public protest that even vaguely suggests that being gay is okay is now strictly illegal in all of Russia.
At the same time, Putin’s government has given its tacit, and now public, approval to a neo-Nazi movement that kindaps gays, Jews and blacks and tortures them, on film.
The videos are then published on VK.com (Vkontakte), a Russian social media site that bills itself as “the Facebook of Russia.” VK.com was founded by Pavel Durov, and is now controlled by two Russians, Ivan Tavrin (CEO of Russian telecom giant Megafon) and billionaire oligarch Alisher Usmanov (Megafon’s second largest shareholder).
Megafon’s VK.com has made little effort to take down the neo-Nazi kidnapping videos, and even permits the neo-Nazi organization, called “Occupy Pedophilia,” to use VK.com to organize its anti-gay, anti-Semitic, and racist kidnappings.
Occupy Pedophilia claims to have conducted nearly 1,500 of these kidnappings in the past 18 months. The kidnappings are spearheaded by Maxim Martsinkevich, aka Tesak, the leader of Occupy Pedophilia, and his ideological “daughter” Ekaterina “Katya” Zigunova, who also goes by the name Katrian Logunova.
After letting Occupy Pedophilia run freely for 18 months, the Russian government finally arrested Martsinkevich on unrelated charges. He will not be charged for any of the 1,500 kidnappings – kidnappings the Russian government recently defended.