He explained that he grew up in a Pentecostal Christian family in rural Russia, that both his parents were pastors, and that he had just come out as gay on YouTube. Kolesov sent a link to the YouTube video — which he uploaded a day after his birthday — and said he hoped that it might at least help one child. It detailed the years he spent praying that God would take his homosexuality away, the depression he suffered, the five attempts to kill himself, and his reasons for speaking out now. He agreed to be interviewed on the phone at first, and then via Skype. It was just days after reports had emerged that the authorities in Chechnya were arresting , imprisoning and murdering gay men.
This Is What Happened When A Young Russian Came Out As Gay On YouTube
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On Monday, one of the over Russian Neo-Nazi groups targeting gay teenagers and young men in Russia, uploaded a new video of their latest attack on a gay Russian teenager. The year-old victim Igor, was tricked and lured into a meeting in broad daylight and was ambushed by over 8 men who repeatedly kicked, punched and slapped the victim while verbally assaulting and humiliating him on camera. He was forced to come out on camera and identify himself so his family, friends and employers would know he was gay. Group members then ambush the boys when they show up for their supposed date; they bully the boys, torture them, and have them make humiliating confessions about their sexuality, all while recording the encounters on camera. Igor endured over 12 minutes of continuous punching and slapping while he was being asked humiliating questions. According to Larry Poltavtsev of the Spectrum Human Rights Alliance, the Neo-Nazi group accused the year-old victim of being a pedophile because he was intending to meet a year-old, even though the age of consent in Russia is 16 and makes his meeting entirely legal. Then they make him announce his name and personal info and show his personal identification.
Gay Russian Teenager Beaten and Tortured By Neo-Nazi Group In Broad Daylight (Video)
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 prohibit the distribution of " propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships " among minors.
The unattributed source has not yet been supported by official statements. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment during his daily call with journalists on Friday. State investigators have already jailed seven people — and put three kids in care — in connection to the criminal case, which was opened in January following the tragic cot death of a baby boy.