An unidentified gay teen (pictured) who was kidnapped, bullied and tortured by a group of Russian skinheads has reportedly died as a result. According to Eastern European LGBT advocacy group, Spectrum Human Rights Alliance (SHRA), Putin’s government “seems to fully condone” this violence.
Russian neo-Nazis have been luring gay male teens through the social network VK.com only to subject them to a series of humiliations they film and distribute online. Victims have been left traumatized with some committing suicide, but it’s unknown whether this latest victim died from his injuries or if he took his own life.
Groups like Occupy Pedofilyaj claim they are trying to expose pedophiles, despite the fact that all of their targets are teenagers. The Russian government, however, has bought into their dubious altruism. SHRA reports that the authorities referred to Occupy Pedofilyaj as one of the “civil movements fighting the sins of the society.” As a result, no arrests have been made and anyone who speaks out against these actions is subject to threats and harassment.
Unsurprisingly, a recent poll by Pew Research Center found that three out of four Russian citizens felt society should reject gay people. With more and more attention being focused on Russia with the upcoming Sochi Olympics, Putin and his government are going to have to address the violence that the country’s anti-gay laws not only condones, but seemingly encourages. Meanwhile, SHRA is urging concerned people to sign a Change.org petition banning Russia’s homophobic lawmakers from receiving visas and freezing their U.S. bank accounts. A similar petition was launched through the White House’s “We the People” site.