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HORRIBLE: Russian Gay Men Brutalized On Camera [TW: Graphic Violence, Sexual Assault, Rape, Graphic Imagery]

Human Rights Watch, an international human rights watchdog and advocacy organization, has compiled a disturbing video report containing footage of brutal anti-LGBT attacks in Russia.

Featured prominently in the video is the group Occupy Pedophilia, an anti-gay hate group that entraps, tortures, and humiliates gay men — including teens — and uploads videos of their crimes to social networking sites. The group’s ringleader, Maxim, Martsinkevich, fled Russia after authorities charged him with unrelated crimes. He was recently arrested in Cuba.

"People think that an LGBT person is not a human being," Russian LGBT activist Gleb Latnik says, "but simply a toy they can play with. If such a person is walking on the street they think, ‘Why not punch him?’"

As we’ve reported here at Bilerico, an often overlooked but important fact about these groups is that they areskinhead organizations with neo-Nazi ideologies. Igor Kochetkov, chairman of the Russian LGBT Network, says “It’s important to understand who we’re dealing with: these are fascists who have chosen the easiest prey, which are gay people. And they don’t even have to hide it anymore.”

Human Rights Watch condemns the unchecked violence and says their research indicates that inaction from Russian officials and homophobic comments from public figures embolden anti-LGBT extremists. The group writes:

As the host to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, which begin on February 7, 2014, in Sochi, Russia should act in accordance with the principle of nondiscrimination, a core provision of the Olympic Charter. As a member of the Council of Europe, and party to multiple human rights treaties, it should meet its obligations to provide equal respect and protection for LGBT people.

"The Russian authorities have the power to protect the rights of LGBT people, but instead they are ignoring their responsibility to do so," said Tanya Cooper, Russia researcher at Human Rights Watch. "By turning a blind eye to hateful homophobic rhetoric and violence, Russian authorities are sending a dangerous message as the world is about to arrive on its doorstep for the Olympics that there is nothing wrong with attacks on gay people."

Trigger warning for sexual assault and images of extreme, graphic violence.

EMMA GOLDMAN

Who has not heard this litany before? Who does not know this never-varying refrain of all politicians? That the mass bleeds, that it is being robbed and exploited, I know as well as our vote-baiters. But I insist that not the handful of parasites, but the mass itself is responsible for this horrible state of affairs. It clings to its masters, loves the whip, and is the first to cry Crucify! the moment a protesting voice is raised against the sacredness of capitalistic authority or any other decayed institution. Yet how long would authority and private property exist, if not for the willingness of the mass to become soldiers, policemen, jailers, and hangmen. The Socialist demagogues know that as well as I, but they maintain the myth of the virtues of the majority, because their very scheme of life means the perpetuation of power. And how could the latter be acquired without numbers? Yes, authority, coercion, and dependence rest on the mass, but never freedom or the free unfoldment of the individual, never the birth of a free society.

EMMA GOLDMAN

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