Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. They screamed at me. One of them started kicking me, I dropped to the floor, flat on my stomach… Another one then beat me with a stick, from the waist down, he was hitting me very hard for some five minutes. Then they made me kneel on the floor and put metal clips on my thumbs [the wires were hooked to a device delivering electric shocks], he turned the knob [of the device], first slowly and then faster and faster… With every turn, my hands bounced up and excruciating pain went through them… He stopped when I screamed my heart was about to burst.
Human Rights Watch releases video showing incidents of anti-gay violence in Russia
Gay Russian Teenager Beaten and Tortured By Neo-Nazi Group In Broad Daylight (Video)
MOSCOW -- It seemed like a good idea at the time: create a series of YouTube videos in which children sit down to talk to people who are often marginalized by society. For instance, the elderly, the disabled, people with eating disorders, or homosexuals. But one video in the Real Talk series — in which children between the ages of 6 and 13 ask questions of a male homosexual -- caught the attention of a group of socially conservative Russian State Duma deputies. Under pressure from the lawmakers, the Investigative Committee announced on November 2 that it was opening a criminal probe on suspicion of "violent sexual assault on a minor under the age of
LGBT rights in Russia
From there, the psychological torment becomes physical. The group burns his clothes, puts a gun to his head, and forces the man to apologize for his sexuality. The graphic encounter is one of the egregious crimes documented in a Human Rights Watch video released on Tuesday. The footage shows the malice, alarming violence, and dehumanizing discrimination that members of the LGBT community face in Russia at the hands of empowered thugs. While it is a member of the Council of Europe and party to multiple human rights treaties, the country hasn't faced any repercussions for failing to provide common protections for LGBT people, the advocates said.
The history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people LGBT in Russia and its historical antecedents the Soviet Union and the Russian Empire has largely been influenced by the political leanings of its rulers. Medieval Catholic-Protestant Europe had the largest influence on Russian attitude towards homosexuality. Russian LGBT history was influenced by the ambivalent attitude of the Russian Orthodox religiosity regarding sexuality. Homosexuality has been documented in Russia for centuries. The earliest documented bans on homosexuality date to the early-mid 17th century.