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Gay Activist Attacked By Russian Neo-Nazi As City Frustrates Pride Rally

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Even as the city council was frustrating his efforts to hold a Pride rally, a gay activist in the city of Syktyvkar, Russia, was brutally assaulted by a neo-Nazi activist.

Artem Kalinin, who was trying to get clearance to hold a Pride parade in downtown Syktyvkar on Sunday, was being interviewed by a TV station when he was assaulted by Alex Kolegov, leader of a local neo-Nazi group (above).

Gay Star News reports Kalinin reported the assault to police, but that Kolegov was not arrested.

Brusied but not beaten, Kalinin said the rally will go on as planned. Bowing to complaints from conservatives and religious groups, Mayor Ivan Pozdeyev denied Kalinin’s request to hold the demonstration in the center of the city—instead allowing it in a less central spot. Pozdeyev has a plan to prevent future conflict: he’s asked lawmakers to draft new legislation banning future Pride rallies.

Sadly, this isn’t Kalinin’s brush with homophobic violence. In March 2011, he was attacked during the city’s Week Against Homophobia:

I felt a sudden punch on my head, from which I began to lose coordination. Blood gushed out of my head, leaking on my whole neck and the collar of the jacket. We began to fight, he began to hit an unknown object all over my body as I realized later, it was a stick with an iron knob. As always, the neighbors did not hear anything and did not see the floor of my porch was covered with splashes of blood.

During the scuffle I was able to escape… Perhaps because of the ice-covered ground, I fell. The assailant chased me from the door of my house, made a punch in my face and head area, the stick in the hands of the assailant at the moment I have not noticed.

I decided to reason the attacker and turned to him with the words: “Come on, calm down …” In response, I heard a familiar: “You’re a fag, I always wanted to kill you! If you want, I’ll kill you, I don’t care… “.

Also from his words, I realized that he had “a friend in police, who offered us to help trace you down, they won’t charge me for this”. Of course, I realized that the attacker knows nothing about criminal charges, feeling his full impunity. I was lying on the cold snow, the guy went methodically to offend me by applying successive kicks to the body. At this point, a couple of young people were walking on the sidewalk who have done nothing to call for help or to have at least some resistance to the attacker.

After some time,  the police crew arrived which I called earlier. Most of all I was struck by the reaction of these employees have taken the side of my abuser. The assailant went on to explain that I was “fag, there’s no need for him to get acquainted with the guys” and then asked the law enforcement officials: “Fags are not jailed nowadays?”

 

So the next time you think you’re too hung over to go to Pride, remember some people are risking their safety just to affirm their very existence.

All together now: Good on you!

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Mar 29, 2013
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  • 7 Comments
    • TVC 15
      TVC 15

      That poor man. I just looked up on the map where that place is. It’s in the middle of nowhere. I understand what he’s doing, but he better just get the hell outta there.

      Mar 29, 2013 at 7:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ArthurTreacher
      ArthurTreacher

      That’s one brave motherfucker. It’s refreshing to see a gay man stand their ground against a bully.

      Mar 29, 2013 at 7:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Merv
      Merv

      Too bad the Communists didn’t completely wipe out the church when they had the chance.

      Mar 29, 2013 at 12:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      THIS is the issue I take with people calling somebody like Anderson Cooper a hero and giving him an award.

      I Like Anderson, I think he comes off great on TV and I love the fact that he finally came out and I wish him no ill.

      But THIS guy should be flown out and given an award for being a hero. The things he has to go through and yet he is still determined to have the pride event. It is amazing and humbling.

      Mar 29, 2013 at 1:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache1
      Stache1

      What an idiot. Russia lost 20 million not that long ago to the Nazis.

      Mar 29, 2013 at 9:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • stfallon1028
      stfallon1028

      @Stache1: My thoughts exactly! Neo-Nazis in Russia? Did they forget the sieges?

      Mar 31, 2013 at 10:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Freddie27
      Freddie27

      In a country scourged by inequality, poverty, alcoholism, drug addiction, AIDS, civil conflict, independence movements in the South and police and government brutality, ultranationalism can seem an easy solution, and thus anyone who threatens the nation from within due to their “immoral” lifestyle and detracts from growing a falling population can be attacked.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 9:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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