As part of a BBC report exposing the violent videos fueling the anti-gay group Occupy Pedophilia, a 21-year-old gay man is seen being forced to drink urine and a group of vigilantes, led by a woman named Yekaterina, goes “on safari,” hunting for homosexuals and pedophiles.
“Our priority is uncovering cases of pedophilia,” Yekaterina told the BBC’s Steve Rosenberg. “But we’re also against the promotion of homosexuality. And if — along the way — we encounter people of non-traditional sexual orientation, we can kill two birds with one stone.”
LGBT activists claim the law passed in June banning the “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” has contributed to a spate of anti-gay violence, which often goes unchecked by authorities. Though homosexuality was decriminalized in 1993, some gays believe that life was better before that in the then-U.S.S.R.
“Many gay people have changed how they dress, they’ve removed earrings, changed their hairstyles, to avoid having problems,” said Andrei Tanichev, owner of the Lighthouse Cabaret Club in Sochi, home of the 2014 Winter Olympics. “Even back in the USSR, where homosexuality was a criminal offense, gays were treated better than they are now in Russia.”
Tanichev and others hope that the Sochi Olympics makes Russia more tolerant and makes LGBTs feel safer in their own country. “Ordinary people see us as criminals,” he said. “They hate us.”