As Syria continues to tailspin out of control and the United States inches towards intervention, Russia is looking glossier than ever on the international stage with their effort to ameliorate tensions through diplomatic negotiations. Clever foreign policy strategy, however, doesn't cloak the hideous domestic policy and social regression that is making LGBT citizens live in secrecy and in fear. According to Radio Free Liberty Europe, a video recording of a young Uzbek man being raped by Russian vigilantes is circulating the popular mobile chat service WhatsApp. The video is said to depict this poor man weeping and shuddering as he is forced to sit on a glass bottle which is then further forced through the use of a baseball bat. The assailants, also alleged Uzbeks, committed these acts as a means of encouraging "repentance" and his coming to reason.
Gay Man in Russia Beaten and Raped On Camera in Horrific Viral Video
Gay man in Russia forced into hiding over YouTube interview - CNN
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Gay man in Russia forced into hiding over YouTube interview
Natalia Sharandak, available on video from Frameline. Revealing interviews with six Russian lesbians who convey the hardships and joys of being a lesbian in Russia. While Tatjana speaks hesitantly about her sexuality, believing it to be a private matter, Muchabat charmingly flirts with the filmmaker, "We'll make the movie after we have sex, okay? Under Article which criminalizes homosexuality--lesbians and gay men in Kiev face the threat of imprisonment, blackmail, government harassment, and family rejection. Poselski worked as a documentary filmmaker for Moscow TV, but he did this video underground.
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.