Russia anti gay violence video
With the eyes of the world about to turn to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, a human rights group has released a new disturbing video highlighting violence against gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people under Russia's anti-gay laws that went into effect last year. Victims in cities including Moscow, St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk told [us] they were attacked in public places, abducted, beaten, harassed, threatened and psychologically abused. The video shows gay men in Russia being punched, kicked and beaten by attackers who filmed and disseminated the footage, which was then compiled by the human rights group. Most victims, the group added, "were afraid to go to the police to report violence, fearing further harassment and believing the police would not bother to pursue their attackers.
Brutal videos fuel Russian anti-gay campaign
Russia: Impunity for Anti-LGBT Violence | Human Rights Watch
The Russian federal law "for the Purpose of Protecting Children from Information Advocating for a Denial of Traditional Family Values" , also known in English-language media as the "gay propaganda law"   and the "anti-gay law" ,     is a bill that was unanimously approved by the State Duma on 11 June with just one MP abstaining— Ilya Ponomarev ,  and was signed into law by President Vladimir Putin on 30 June The Russian government's stated purpose for the law is to protect children from being exposed to homosexuality — content presenting homosexuality as being a norm in society — under the argument that it contradicts traditional family values. The statute amended the country's child protection law and the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses , to make the distribution of " propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships " among minors, an offense punishable by fines. This definition includes materials that "raises interest in" such relationships; cause minors to "form non-traditional sexual predispositions"; or "[present] distorted ideas about the equal social value of traditional and non-traditional sexual relationships. The statute was criticized for its broad and ambiguous wording including the aforementioned "raises interest in" and "among minors" , which many critics characterized as being an effective ban on publicly promoting the rights and culture of the LGBT community. The law was also criticized for leading to an increase and justification of homophobic violence ,  while the implications of the laws in relation to the then-upcoming Winter Olympics being hosted by Sochi were also cause for concern, as the Olympic Charter contains language explicitly barring various forms of discrimination. Despite the fact that the cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg have been well known for their thriving LGBT communities , there has been growing opposition towards gay rights among politicians since
Russian gay propaganda law
Despite a number of charitable campaigns and viral news stories designed to raise awareness and spark resistance, as well as political pressure abroad, Russia continues to allow shocking human rights violations against LGBTs or anyone merely perceived to be LGBT. Below are some of the most horrific instances of anti-gay enforcement in action. None of the aggressors below have or will ever be charged with a crime. Gay activist Kirill Kalugin was attacked and punched by a group of paratroopers last August while standing in St. In the video above, Bohun has his head shaved, is forced to suck on a dildo and drink a cup of urine.
Moscow — Russian authorities have failed in their obligation to prevent and prosecute homophobic violence. The law effectively legalized discrimination against LGBT people and cast them as second-class citizens. Russian authorities have failed in their obligation to prevent and prosecute homophobic violence.