John M. Becker

HORRIBLE: Russian Gay Men Brutalized on Camera

Filed By John M. Becker | February 04, 2014 10:00 AM | comments

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Tags: anti-gay laws, anti-gay legislation, anti-gay propaganda, entrapment, fascist movements, gay propaganda law, hate crime, Maxim Martsinkevich, Nazi, neo-Nazi, Russia, skinheads, terrorism

russian-gay-man-beaten.pngHuman Rights Watch, an international human rights watchdog and advocacy organization, has compiled a disturbing video report containing footage of brutal anti-LGBT attacks in Russia.

Featured prominently in the video is the group Occupy Pedophilia, an anti-gay hate group that entraps, tortures, and humiliates gay men -- including teens -- and uploads videos of their crimes to social networking sites. The group's ringleader, Maxim, Martsinkevich, fled Russia after authorities charged him with unrelated crimes. He was recently arrested in Cuba.

"People think that an LGBT person is not a human being," Russian LGBT activist Gleb Latnik says, "but simply a toy they can play with. If such a person is walking on the street they think, 'Why not punch him?'"

As we've reported here at Bilerico, an often overlooked but important fact about these groups is that they are skinhead organizations with neo-Nazi ideologies. Igor Kochetkov, chairman of the Russian LGBT Network, says "It's important to understand who we're dealing with: these are fascists who have chosen the easiest prey, which are gay people. And they don't even have to hide it anymore."

Human Rights Watch condemns the unchecked violence and says their research indicates that inaction from Russian officials and homophobic comments from public figures embolden anti-LGBT extremists. The group writes:

As the host to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, which begin on February 7, 2014, in Sochi, Russia should act in accordance with the principle of nondiscrimination, a core provision of the Olympic Charter. As a member of the Council of Europe, and party to multiple human rights treaties, it should meet its obligations to provide equal respect and protection for LGBT people.

"The Russian authorities have the power to protect the rights of LGBT people, but instead they are ignoring their responsibility to do so," said Tanya Cooper, Russia researcher at Human Rights Watch. "By turning a blind eye to hateful homophobic rhetoric and violence, Russian authorities are sending a dangerous message as the world is about to arrive on its doorstep for the Olympics that there is nothing wrong with attacks on gay people."

Human Rights Watch's video report is after the jump. Trigger warning for sexual assault and images of extreme, graphic violence.

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