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Russian Homophobic Violence

Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 6.23.31 AMLast week, Towleroad was one of the many news outlets to report on anti-gay hate crimes being committed by homophobes throughout Russia. The story, which came via Spectrum Human Rights Alliance, told of the recent trend among homophobic extremists to lure gay men on social media into a potential sexual encounter, only to ambush and confront the men later on. According to the report, much of this fiercely anti-gay sentiment is growing via various "Occupy" movements gaining momentum on the social networking site VK.com. Recently, Towleroad was sent the link to one such page, which contains a vast amount of disturbing messages, photos, and videos, painting a very unfortunate picture of the hostile climate faced by LGBT people across Russia. 

The page belongs to an individual called Misha Krasnov, who, according to the profile, currently lives in the city of Kamensk. Krasnov's profile contains several posts in support of the group Occupy-Pedofilyay Kamensk-Ural, just one of the many groups perpetrating acts of entrapment, assault, and battery against gay men and teens. Many of these posts are videos similar to the one we circulated last week, in which extremists lure their victim online before harassing them in person and recording it on video. One trend that seems to be emerging, based on the videos and photos, appears to be the use of both sex toys and urine in these attacks in addition to physical violence.

Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 6.24.38 AMPerhaps even more disturbing are the video posts in which Krasnov is shown testing out various weapons. One such video appears to be a tutorial on how to conceal various bladed weapons inside his outfit, while another depicts him using a mace and swords in a self-proclaimed "test". While Krasnov does not use his weapons against anyone on video, they nevertheless cultivate the mindset that said videos are intended to be practice for actual attacks. 

BbXOiZt5y9kOne other pattern that seems to emerge in his posts is the recurrence of a bent "thumbs up" symbol, similar to the thumb icon commonly used on Facebook. Another photo, one that was used earlier by this site and others, shows two attackers mimicking the gesture, one of whom appears to be Krasnov. It is not yet known if the symbol is being used to represent the entire movement, or simply one specific group. The group page for Occupy Kamensk is currently shut down due to a violation in the sites "terms of service". 

Those wishing to view Misha Krasnov's page on VK.com can follow the link HERE. Be advised that the page contains many hateful messages, as well as graphic and violent content. Meanwhile, Towleroad will continue to give updates on the events taking place in Russia as they develop. 

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  1. Russia is effectively teaching and condoning hatred, which is totally disgusting. This is what would happen in the US if the Christian Evangelicals and extreme right wingers had their way.

    I remember a quotation that says all that evil needs to survive is that good men (and women) do nothing.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 29, 2013 10:15:37 AM


  2. Several of the videos are on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuA5MV1zjVM

    Is there no way to have them all banned/reported en masse?

    I'm not a Youtube member so can't even report them one at a time.

    Posted by: tcw | Jul 29, 2013 10:31:39 AM


  3. Fascist barbarians proudly post their atrocities...and the Russian authorities do nothing and, as Jack M points out, allow this evil to survive.

    As part of the Boycott Russia movement, perhaps the airlines, tech companies, and international retailers should get involved. The world at large did virtually nothing when the Nazis targeted Jews and we need to remember that.

    Posted by: Bryan L | Jul 29, 2013 10:35:59 AM


  4. Gays are just the most obvious symptom of their standards, but they all will pay the consequences of living in a society without freedom and respect for human rights. It is as dumb as lighting a fire in the basement and close the door thinking you are killing rats. You end up being the one killed, too late for regrets.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUTH | Jul 29, 2013 10:40:43 AM


  5. Where is the E.U.'s voice of outrage? Where is the UN? The silence is deafening.

    Posted by: spg | Jul 29, 2013 10:53:12 AM


  6. what i dont understand is why people don't run. run away and if followed then at leats try to hurt 1 of them back

    for example the guy kid that had what appeared to be piss in a bottle dumped on him and kicked after a long period of being questioned

    Am thinking that maybe it is self hate taught by the orthodox church and russian state.....that he like others is so warped by their society that they hate themselves and maybe think they deserve what is happening

    They don't and should fight, but am trying to understand why they don't try to fight back. you might loose and or die but better to fight back than get beat on /maltreated by others

    maybe its my western nation view point that is making it hard for me to understand

    anyway; sympathy for all of gay russians, and hopefully with exposure they will rally and fight back

    Posted by: Moz's | Jul 29, 2013 11:20:10 AM


  7. http://antipedofil.org/

    Posted by: tcw | Jul 29, 2013 11:21:06 AM


  8. Here's a poll on VK.com, the Russian Facebook/Youtube, and specifically on the "Occupy Pedophilia" channel devoted to these videos:

    How to be with him [the gay man in the video]?
    Dispose: 28,920. 40.6%.
    Send to a monastery: 24.337. 34.2%.
    Let it live, as a disabled ...: 17,977. 25.2%.
    71.234 people voted.

    Posted by: tcw | Jul 29, 2013 11:27:34 AM


  9. They identify their victims on camera by opening their wallets and holding up their IDs. It appears they then add the victims' names to this database, searchable by city, name, gender:

    http://antipedofil.org/page/art/about_project

    Posted by: tcw | Jul 29, 2013 11:33:46 AM


  10. Interestingly, in at least one case they've ambushed a man who'd expected to meet a young woman:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QqUK_8CCTM

    Posted by: tcw | Jul 29, 2013 11:47:58 AM


  11. These pictures always have the perpetrators' faces fully visible. If Putin and the Russian authorities were telling the truth when they said gay people weren't persecuted then these people would be easily found, arrested and prosecuted. I've heard no report that ANY of these thugs have been arrested.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jul 29, 2013 11:56:12 AM


  12. Not always visible, Tampazeke. Not when they appear determined to draw blood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyHhOKnm-I0

    Posted by: tcw | Jul 29, 2013 12:00:09 PM


  13. Boycott, boycott, boycott.

    F*CK that idiot figure skater Mr. Weir. Better yet, don't. What an idiot.

    Does he just not get out (of his little tiny) celebrity bubble? If you're followed around by cameras all the time, do you stop actually noticing the world?

    Posted by: YsoSerious | Jul 29, 2013 12:04:03 PM


  14. The worst is the "Occupy Gerontofilyay" movement which directly targets gay teens. The Occupy Pedofilyay people set up a sting website a la to catch a predator, hoping to catch pedophiles. But they found out (surprise surprise!) that there were lots of underage boys who wanted to escape their homophobic villages / families. So instead, they started entrapping and humiliating them.

    The group on VK has been shut down, and I hope they're being investigated by the police.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jul 29, 2013 12:22:12 PM


  15. Where the hell is Anonymous in this? If you want to be vigilante justice you have to actually do stuff.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jul 29, 2013 12:51:38 PM


  16. @MOZ, it's because a gang is toying with you, running might just piss them off faster. Just STFU when it comes to questioning or blaming the victims ok?

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jul 29, 2013 12:53:24 PM


  17. Where is Anonymous when we need them most?

    Posted by: Paul | Jul 29, 2013 12:53:32 PM


  18. I’m happy this site and others are continuing to cover this horror. I’m a longtime lurker on this site, but this has given me the kick in the butt to get more involved in the world. For those jackasses saying why they don’t run, maybe you should look into this like I have. They show up in groups of about a dozen or more, mostly huge guys that are heavily muscled. They approach the victim, surround him, and then make sure to have people drape their arms around them, hang behind them, etc. But they also usually save the violence and urine for the end. Some do try to run, but are chased and still attacked. They force themselves into apartments, they trap people in the woods, behind walls, etc. Here’s a bunch of videos I’ve scoured the net for, because I desperately hope something is done to help.

    You can find these groups simply by searching in Russian on their VK site (google translator helps). Most purport to only target pedophiles, but they are obviously branching out to target gay people and gay youth. For the videos on the VK sites, you may need to make an account to view the videos (only the case for some of the videos on the site).

    A series of videos from the Occupy – gerontofilyay movement that seems to have shifted towards primarily harassing gay kids.

    This kid is apparently 15 and is not only harassed and publicly identified, but forced to where a shirt proclaiming sexuality and marched through the public for more humiliation:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpSHj9hzZ2I

    This is the same video of the 15-year-old which was published on Towleroad earlier, but with English subtitles.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3XEiSiKy-Q

    Another gay kid harassed. It should be noted that we do not know what happens in some of these videos after the cameras are off. On the ringleader’s VK page (http://vk.com/restrukt_88), he implies that they dumped the kid into garbage after the video ended.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ODP4WGkh9I

    This kid is likewise ridiculed in a public restaurant:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxvOLqPAk0Q

    Finally, at least for this particular group that seems to specifically target kids, is the video that apparently led to their site being temporarily closed. Anonymousdelivers found the video in case prosecutors try to bury it. In the video, the group once again accosts a youth, but this time forces him to provide oral sex or else they threaten to release all of his information to the public, which they did anyway because that’s what they do. They blackout 8-minutes of the video where the oral sex occurs, but the ringleader’s site admitted it happened.

    http://anonymousdelivers.us/59322

    I don't think having the videos removed will do anything. They are taken down, and pop back up again somewhere else. The whole point of these groups is to publicly humiliate their victims. We need to raise awareness and ratchet up the pressure against this.

    Posted by: Devin | Jul 29, 2013 1:10:49 PM


  19. For these other videos, kids might not be the target, but the violence is just as sickening.

    This person was reportedly falsely identified by these thugs and then killed himself after.

    http://vk.com/wall119910902_158136

    More sickening, the group visited his grave and laid out condom crosses where he was buried.

    http://www.novosti-v-kontakte.ru/shumnye-lichnosti/1486-ubijczy-18-letnego-alekseya-bulygina-ostavili-na-ego-mogili-prezervativ-a-foto-vylozhili-v-internet.html

    Another violent beatdown:

    http://vk.com/video34718195_164931218

    Two people entrapped, then forced to fight each other.

    http://vk.com/video34718195_164081234

    Writing slurs and swastikas on people’s heads.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzeIJ8JJRKY

    More urine bombs:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeEh74iOUS0

    Some more extreme violence:

    http://vk.com/video34718195_164075208

    And more:

    http://vk.com/video16595071_165212359

    There are dozens and dozens more, videos where they force people to call their friends or parents and identify themselves. Hopefully, more attention will be given to this issue. It helps put our own struggles here in the US in perspective, that we not only have to keep working here for equality, but we need to help our brothers and sisters across the globe from violence.

    Posted by: Devin | Jul 29, 2013 1:12:09 PM


  20. The 15 year old in the Youtube clip must have been absolutely terrified as he pleads "Please don't do this" The only consolation that I felt is at least there was apparently no blood drawn. I hope the Stoli boycott is just the beginning. How prophetic the Pet Shop Boys "Go West." Is this an appropriate anthem for the boycott Russia movement?

    Posted by: modern meet | Jul 29, 2013 1:29:09 PM


  21. Can Anonymous wipe this out

    Posted by: reality | Jul 29, 2013 2:11:58 PM


  22. fenrox

    reread what i posted, obviously you didn't comprehend

    I mentioned sympathy for the victims etc. In no way blamed the victims, just do not understand not at least running for your life and that my view might be due to western biases and their submission might be due to the orthodox church and their government demonizing them and that it has stunted their survival instinct

    Next time, try not to read what is not there into what is actually said. Will forgive you due to 2/3 to 90% of communication is actually non verbal body language so your not understanding what I actually said can be understandable

    Posted by: Moz's | Jul 29, 2013 3:16:01 PM


  23. Needs to be a felony worthy of 30- life. Unless death results, then death penalty - no appeals. M***f****s. If not for religion, we would not live in fear.

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Jul 29, 2013 5:32:34 PM


  24. "Can Anonymous wipe this out"

    Probably IS Anonymous.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 29, 2013 6:07:02 PM


  25. Seriously. F0CK THIS BULL SH-T!

    We're all supposed to be silent about all this while the Olympics and major companies make billions of dollars....but the façade painted during the Olympics will be "Look at this perfect country, in this perfect venue, and look, hot pretty pop singers in the opening ceremony. And here's a Coca Cola ad"

    MORE needs to be both said and done about the mess there!

    Posted by: Latina Hottie | Jul 29, 2013 6:42:46 PM


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