Russian Vigilantes Assault, Rape Gay Man On Video
History's video archives of Russian atrocities against its own people grew by one horrific number this week as a recording of vigilantes assaulting and raping a gay man made its way online. The video, which came online through popular social app WhatsApp, shows the victim being forced at gunpoint to admit that he's gay.
Following the admission, the perpetrators strip him naked, burn his close, beat him and threaten him at gunpoint before forcing him to sodomize himself by sitting on a bottle. At one point in the video the bottle is beaten further into the victim with a baseball bat.
"We made him sit on a bottle so that he repents for his sins and comes to reason," one of the alleged attackers, still at large, told Radio Free Europe (which has seen the video). "We did this to protect the dignity of Uzbeks. We live and work here, we are in contact with people of different nationalities. There will be no respect for us otherwise."
The attacker went on to confirm that their victim was part of the ongoing neo-Nazi stings that lure gay men into torturous situations through a popular Russian dating site.
"Russian guys caught him and called us to say they had a gay Uzbek," the attacker continued. "We then questioned him and he confessed to everything. There were six or seven of us. The Russians told us he was a pedophile, which he denied. But he confessed that he was gay."
Novosibirsk police say that an investigation into the attack has not been launched because no one has come forward to file a report. Oddly enough, the video and the video's description that it happened in or near the Russian city is not enough for local authorities to attempt to intervene.
Obviously, this, the latest in what is best described as a horror movie come to life for Russia's LGBT community (especially gay men, it seems), is an undeniable symptom of the country's official war on its gay population. Political and diplomatic efforts to aid human rights in Russia must be stepped up immediately by sympathetic world leaders.