Russian Authorities Turn Blind Eye To Violent Attacks On LGBT Russians
Human Rights Watch has released video highlighting the various violent attacks on the LGBT community in Russia and they're imploring Russian authorities to take action as circumstances for LGBT Russians continue to deteriorate.
“The Russian authorities have the power to protect the rights of LGBT people, but instead they are ignoring their responsibility to do so,” said Tanya Cooper, Russia researcher at Human Rights Watch. “By turning a blind eye to hateful homophobic rhetoric and violence, Russian authorities are sending a dangerous message as the world is about to arrive on its doorstep for the Olympics that there is nothing wrong with attacks on gay people.”
Be warned, this violent footage is disturbing:
This is particularly jarring leading up to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia in Feb. 7.