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  1. Officer Dribble 15 Sep 2013, 12:58pm

    The world rightly condemns the rapists who have rightly been convicted last week in India, but heaves a collective shrug at these stories coming out of Russia?

  2. David Cade 15 Sep 2013, 1:05pm

    Sickening. Utterly sickening. And, yes, right now the world is tacitly approving the punishment in India of hanging four men who violently raped a young Indian woman, while in Russia, gay, lesbian, and transgender Russians, of all ages, are being violently assaulted by equally cruel and heartless thugs.

  3. Very sad that these people are so sick and damaged, and to effect others to their hate and horrible treatment is shocking, especially to reason it with religion.

    Russia, especially their police force, should hang their heads in shame for letting this to happen. Utterly sickening.

  4. Congratulations, Russia! Is this what you wanted? Now comparable to Saudi Arabia, and believe me, that’s nothing to be proud about.
    How much does one want to play on a bet, than no one will be charged for this sickening crime, except for maybe the victim – this IS Russia after all.
    I’m also wondering just how much the mainstream news will cover this crime? Probably not at all.

    1. Just like with another gay Russian who posted on a blog, some angry bastard on the other side of the country will probably force his own kid to look at the videos of this poor guy confessing to being gay then file a claim against him for ‘propagandizing’ to minors.
      There is a reason why some of the videos I’ve seen from these anti-gay groups have children in them.

  5. The Bishop 15 Sep 2013, 1:20pm

    Seems like young Russians are feral and out of control.

  6. Is the world having a collective case of Amnesia?!?! 70 years ago a little man came into power and passed laws against Jews and supported violence against them. It was the start of what would become World War 2. Now we sit and watch while Putin does the same to LGBT citizens of Russia. The thing often forgotten is that little bigot of 70 years ago was also Jewish on his mother’s side ergo maybe Vladamir has something to hide.

  7. Catherine Norman 15 Sep 2013, 1:35pm

    And the World will condone these disgusting acts when they go to Russia next year for the Winter Olympic Games, will I be ashamed of my country if they go, YES…

    1. Harass the nearest Russian embassy and your local government offices with near constant messages asking about the status of each openly gay athlete on the team. Of course, link to stories such as this to justify your concern.

      1. Don Harrison 3 Oct 2013, 6:31pm

        Mr Stuie that will not help at all.

  8. Where is the video? Its all well and good say that it “allegedly” took place, but let people see for themselves. That way we can shame to haters

    1. Helge Vladimir Tiller 15 Sep 2013, 4:03pm

      PinkNews should tell us where we can find this video, if possible. I know the situation in Russia very well ; a lot of suppression and injustice. (—and so it is against Lgbt people in many countries in the world— we must never forget that !-) Didn’t I hear about this incident 2 or 3 weeks ago ? But I’m not sure.

      1. Helge Vladimir Tiller 15 Sep 2013, 5:01pm

        The video in this link below was published in PinkNews July 26.( –and this new incident is mentioned in the article you are refering to— ) I’ve asked some of my gay friends, but they haven’t seen or heard about this new case. It might be correct or not !? ( Seeing is believing—) Can somebody tell me if they have seen this actual video about this guy from Uzbekistan ? Very important for lawyers and politicians.

        1. Need to contact RFE/RL.
          I guess they can share the video with hman rights organizations and police only.

        2. Rudehamster 16 Sep 2013, 12:02pm

          This appears to be a new incident.

  9. It’s so frustrating and heartbreaking and even more annoying… the Russian people will not hear a word of this through their media. Nazis… Russia is practically a Nazi state and they have the audacity to call themselves a democracy.

    1. Helge Vladimir Tiller 15 Sep 2013, 7:09pm

      NO, Russia is NOT “practically a Nazi state” !- — ( I wonder how many “downs” this remark gets ?) Many medias would report this if they got the info. from secure sources. Maybe tomorrow ?

      1. Helge Vladimir Tiller 15 Sep 2013, 7:50pm

        If somebody want to help the Russian LGBTQ community, please contact Natalia Tsymbalova, the head of “Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality” ( Saint Petersburg ):

        Tel.: +79062517883 ( Russian / Hebrew )
        Thank you so very,very much in advance ! H.V. T.

      2. Helge Vladimir Tiller 16 Sep 2013, 8:06am

        Thanks for the compliments ! I have gained 5 right now. Will there be more ?

      3. I have to disagree with the media. They don’t report these things. II spent an entire week on holiday watching nothing but BBC and they mentioned Russia’s anti-LGBT laws and violence only once

        I also saw on BBC news phone app, when speaking of international concerns regarding the Olympics in Russia that people were actually concerened about the “warm weather conditions!” NO mention of LGBT oppression.

        They don’t want people to find out about these events because it will put a big black cloud over the Olympics and the media and government do NOT want a bunch of angry gay people on their hands. They will cleanse these stories from existence like they do with many other things; mainstream media don’t touch these stories

    1. It’s so hard not to hate everyone in that forsaken sh*t hole of a country, but while there are a lot of real sick people living there, I have to say that not all of them are disgusting wastes of skin I wouldn’t p*ss on if they were on fire.
      Some of them I would p*ss on if they were on fire. ;)

  10. This should be sent to all our leaders immediately, and to the IOC, and we should demand comment.

    We should force our leaders to openly state that there is now a justification for them to accept asylum applications from LGBT people within Russia, and make it internationally known.

    We have to start demanding this not only to allow people to flee this violence and persecution before the real Nazi goon squads start raiding homes in the middle of the night and abducting people to never be seen again, but to also humiliate Russia on the international stage and force Putin to face up to what he and his government have allowed to happen.

    I wish we had a charity here able to help LGBT people to flee Russia right now. If anyone knows of such an organization, please tell me so I can look at organizing fund raising through BlokeToys.

  11. Where is the video of this new torture? So far nothing is available, to me that smells of propaganda :/

  12. Be careful Pink News I know the word “alleged” is in the title but be vigilant! Remember the hoax torture video’s in Iraq…

    If this is found to be true it is disgusting but not surprising in Russia. The UN needs to step in. This is against democracy and equality and violates the human rights charter. More and more of these acts of cruelty are hitting the headlines. The Whole of the LGBT community need too take a stand. I lost a close friend who lived in Russia, she over dosed on a drug called krocadil a dreadful drug which makes people into zombies & eats away flesh. She was forced too live underground with her partner because society would not accept their relationship. Me and a group of friends are going over too Russia too protest. We stand shoulder too shoulder with the LGBT community in Russia and we are coming too make a stand with you. You are always on our minds, god bless xxxxx

    1. OMG I read about Krocadil in an article once *shudders* so sorry to hear about your friend

  13. Helge Vladimir Tiller 16 Sep 2013, 9:03am

    So much ignorance here. After these suppressive laws were passed, media all over Russia have been full of articles about GAY RIGHTS ! And the LGBT community is being supported by more and more positive groups. Very often straight people ! Support from politicians, doctors and psychologists- and different organizations !! Russia is a large ! country, with 7 to 10million LGBTQ persons THEY are fighting for their rights in many ways. I wish “western media” could focus more on positive facts. And not only these awful criminal cases. An absolute majority of gay and lesbian activists in Russia is against a boycott in Sootsji ! ( Please : Not so much black- white )

    1. Michael 2912 16 Sep 2013, 9:28am

      You’re so right. I’ll be marked down for this but part of the problem is that when the likes of Stephen Fry wade in with well-expressed but I’ll-informed views public opinion crystallises and debate is forced out.

      1. Rudehamster 16 Sep 2013, 12:12pm

        On the contrary Michael. His report fuelled debate. To think otherwise is to have missed the media attention he brought on the subject.
        Public opinion HAS to crystalise. There is no good argument for Putin’s decision. You suggest that there is room for debate and that he has a point, when he doesn’t. Stop sitting on the fence Michael. Sometimes you have to act first and talk later.

    2. Rudehamster 16 Sep 2013, 12:08pm

      The fact that it’s happeneing at all should be yelled from the rooftops as loud as it can be.
      That there is resistance is admirable. That we don’t know about it is fairly typical, but I’d rather the World were aware of the plight and the horrors, rather than an internal attempt to fight back. That way, the international community can put even more pressure on Putin to reverse his decision and arrest the homophobic thugs he supports.

    3. Helge Vladimir Tiller 16 Sep 2013, 1:09pm

      Today I’ve read about a queer film festival in Oslo; “Skeive filmer” ( Gay – queer films ) Two guests from Bok-o-Bok, a Russian LGBT Film Festival, were present this weekend. ( means side by side ) Their names are as follows : Gulya Sultanova and Manny de Guerre. They were invited to receive an award from the Norwegian gay org. LLH, which is constantly collecting financial support for bok-o-bok for their precious work for the LGBT community in Russia. Bok-o-bok has to pay a fine- they were judged in Court. ( These silly laws ! )
      Do you want to support this valuable work for gays and lesbians in Russia ?
      Contact : Bok-o-bok was founded in 2007 in St. Petersburg

      1. Helge Vladimir Tiller 16 Sep 2013, 2:06pm

        Absolute all comment makers are AGAINST these horrible laws in Russia, the injustice and the violence that comes along..THAT IS WONDERFUL !!! But where are those who tell about the efforts gay organizations in the rest of the world are making to support and help The LGBTQ community in this country. They are few and far between – very few and far between. Fortunately, I saw this example from Oslo, Norway. Brilliant !

  14. friday jones 16 Sep 2013, 10:24am

    How repulsively privileged the guy is who made that comment about forcing the young student to “sit on a bottle” at gunpoint to say that it was to make the young man “repent of his sins.” Last time I looked, forcibly sodomizing someone under the threat of death was a grave sin, and definitely further along the spectrum of behavior that the anti-LGBT Russians and Uzbeks claim to be against than the young man who was assaulted has ever gone.

  15. Inlight of those seeking verification on this video, are there any Whatsapp users on here? Please contact them via and get some verification on this. Ask on its knowledge of this video and what is their policy on distributing this type of video and their platform and if they have a monitoring system in place.

    1. Rudehamster 16 Sep 2013, 12:20pm

      They, like many other platforms, have no knowledge of what is being posted until it has been posted. The speed of that post and the number of messages posted a day, makes it impossible for them to monitor the output.
      Monitoring would never be effective and attempting it would be ridiculous.
      Unlike YouTube, there is no permanent base where the video can be seen and removed. It goes viral on the phone, then they can’t delete it from their systems. It’s impossible.
      Having said all that, must we have everything monitored all the time JW? Big Brother has far too long an arm as it is. Monitoring all phone videos is a dangerous step.

      1. But they can filter out those who post, spread and share these videos after the fact.
        This is a common excuse companies like Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp use “we can’t monitor all of that content”. No one is really expecting them to, but we do expect them to act on reports, and ban/report to police those who post and share violent and criminal media.

        I know they can’t filter their content, but they can block, and refuse to provide service to, those who spread this kind of sickening violence.

  16. It’s fascinating to see some of the comments here trying to distract, discredit or refute obvious facts in support of Russian homophobia.

    Are we now seeing a concerted effort from the Russian government to combat negative public perception on the internet?

    Well done Pink News, it’s starting to look as though you have caught the eye of Russian Internet Propagandists ;)

  17. It’s ironic that the ones who are comitting the acts of going on gay sites to find victims to rape are the ones who are gay themselves and violating the russian law to satisfy their gay lust in their own twisted way. The government should be cracking down on those perpetrators and hopefully they find the individuals who tormented this student.

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