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Russian Gay Activist Brutally Attacked in Front of Journalists After City Bans Pride Parade: VIDEO


Artem Kalinin, a gay activist in Syktyvkar, the capital city of the Komi Republic in Russia, was beaten by the leader of a neo-Nazi group while journalists watched this week, hours after the city announced it was banning a Pride parade planned for March 31, Pink News reports:

In front of journalists – who caught the attack on camera – Alex Kolegov beat Kalinin. This worsened when gay activist Kalinin called Kolegov a ‘Nazi.’ However, Kalinin is not deterred by the attack. “This incident will not change my decision” said Kalinin. “We are going to hold pride in spite of everything.”

He and several witnesses reported the attack and death threats, but the police made no arrest.

Nikolai Alekseev, co-founder of Moscow Pride and GayRussia, has condemned the attack:“This is another proof of full disregard of Russian authorities of the European Court verdict in the case of Moscow Prides by Russian authorities.”

Watch video of the attack, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. my GOD. the strength and courage and resilience of these men and women overseas...

    this is why Pride is important, folks. we march for those who can't.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 28, 2013 9:14:59 AM

  2. Life in Russia is still hard. But Russia has more than it's share of some fine looking dudes.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 28, 2013 9:25:08 AM

  3. I know individual Russians can be lovely, but in general, Russia is a severely racist and homophobic country.

    Posted by: Albert | Mar 28, 2013 10:30:51 AM

  4. These Slavs are regressing back to the glorious times of their beloved Ivan. I wonder if they will start boiling gays alive like he use to do to serfs.

    Posted by: lucas | Mar 28, 2013 10:56:10 AM

  5. would be nice if someone could provide a transcript of the dialogue in english please!!

    Posted by: aj | Mar 28, 2013 12:18:51 PM

  6. AT least the reporters tried to help. In the US they would have stood by and watched.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Mar 28, 2013 1:57:53 PM

  7. "He and several witnesses reported the attack and death threats, but the police made no arrest."

    How suprising. If anything, the police will arrest courageous Artem Kalinin for "homosexual propaganda" and assaulting the honorable Nazi. Today's Russia is hell on earth for gay people, comparable with some Arabian and African states. LGBT people there are totally at the mercy of a homophobic, bigoted population and a hostile government that instead of combating homophobia fuels and encourages it.

    Posted by: Peter M. | Mar 28, 2013 6:30:47 PM

  8. the guy attacks him and he gets back up and still is telling him off. You are one brave gay man!

    Posted by: Eric in Chicago | Mar 28, 2013 11:40:56 PM

  9. God bless Artem Kalinin. Putin and his followers in Russia need to be taken OUT.

    Posted by: Rich | Mar 29, 2013 12:14:33 AM

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