Human Rights Watch has compiled several clips from the many, many videos posted online, which document neo-Nazi thugs violently brutalizing and humiliating gay men in Russia. The video is narrated and tells how Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay laws — laws that were formed with the aid of American Christianists and so-called “pro-family” groups — have fostered, emboldened, and mainstreamed anti-gay hate.
The videos are posted by the perpetrators of anti-gay hate violence themselves, both as a means of advertising their “business,” and as a clear warning to the LGBTQ community in Russia: If you’re gay, we will hunt you down, and do this to you, too.
Rarely do these criminals get arrested or punished. As one of the clips shows, an LGBT activist said after he was assaulted, he went to the police to file a report. Their response? “You’re gay, so it’s normal you were attacked.”
Video is available on Google’s YouTube site.
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