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Gay Chechen Refugee Says He Was Forced To Apologize For Disgracing Chechnya on TV

A refuge from Chechnya's gay purge says that he had to apologize for dishonoring the country on television.

28-year-old Movsar Eskarkhanov fled Chechnya for Germany. Then, Eskarkhanov spoke with Time about being kidnaped, blackmailed, sexually assaulted, and tortured.

Afterwards, Eskarkhanov made the news again but this time in a negative light. Chechnya tv station Grozny TV presented him as mentally ill.

Sadly, Eskarkhanov took part in this retelling of his story and said that he not only invented the tale of his torture while under the influence of medication, but that he was forced into disgracing Chechnya by Time.

“Therefore I ask the forgiveness of Chechnya’s people, Chechnya’s leadership, and the Chechens living in the North Caucasus and in Europe,” he said.

Now, Eskarkhanov comes forward again to say that his earlier statement was a lie and that he was forced to apologize on that tv station. He told Russian news source RTVi that Grozny TV had threatened to hurt his family if he didn’t do it.

"They said that I must first think about my family. I was also told that if I continue to speak, I would have problems," he told them.

What’s worse is that this is common practice in the country.

As The Moscow Times reports:

“Chechens who lose favor with republic leader Ramzan Kadyrov regularly appear on television to make public apologies. Human Right Watch reported last year that several Chechens who went against the authorities were later forced to publicly apologize to local leadership.”

But, the courage of individuals like Eskarkhanov, who speak out against cruelty, will combat and shine a light on abusive systems and government leaders.

h/t: LGBTQNation

Award-winning Horror Short ‘PYOTR495’ Tackles Russia’s Homophobia

Happy early-Halloween!

With only a week and a half left till the ever awaited holiday of tricks and treats, there’s one video out that’s looking to use our need be frightened for good.

Ask yourselves, what’s really scary? Answer? The fact that there are still countless countries and places in the world where being gay can end up getting you hurt or killed.

That’s what award-winning short “PYOTR495” wants you to remember (while also entertaining you and freaking you out at the same time).

The film premiered officially today and stars The Americans and Orphan Black actor Alex Ozerov.

The story’s plot synopsis goes:

“Set one evening in present-day Moscow, 16 year-old Pyotr is baited by an ultra-nationalist group known for their violent abductions and attacks bolstered by Russia’s LGBT Propaganda Law, but Pyotr has a dangerous secret.”

Check out the full video down below and see if the plot twist will get you. Try not to jump.

Hilary Clinton Responded To Russia's Fake Gay Facebook Page

Hilary Clinton is responding to an earlier Russian attack on American.

Earlier this month, Russia posted propaganda on a Facebook page, titled LGBT United, that pretended to be for the LGBTQ community but was really a cover to spread false information and cause more division between American people.

Hilary Clinton spoke on the matter at the Cheltenham Literary Festival (probably while promoting her book What Happened).

“We know Russian agents used Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and even Pinterest to place targeted attack ads and negative stories intended not to hurt just me but to fan the flames of division in our society.

“Russians posed as Americans pretending to be LGBT and gun rights activists, even Muslims, saying things they knew would cause distress.”

She added: “The Russians are still playing on anything and everything they can to turn Americans against each other.

“In addition to hacking our elections, they are hacking our discourse and our unity. We are in the middle of a global struggle between liberal democracy and a rising tide of illiberalism and authoritarianism.

“This is a kind of new cold war and it is just getting started.”

Clinton’s words on the Russian “information war” is just the latest development in the ongoing investigation and situation.

It took some time for organizations to even realize that there were so many social media pages created for the soul purpose of spreading misinformation by the Russian government. In fact, LGBT United was just one in around 470 accounts and Pages that were linked and eventually taken down.

Jonathan Albright, a social media analyst and research director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, said:

“The tone of the posts [from the different pages] varies strikingly… the one seemingly managed by a lesbian is intimate, confidential and chatty, with complaints about parents and teachers not understanding the challenges of being young and gay.

“The English is nearly flawless. One popular post said simply, ‘Bi and proud!’ with a thumbs-up emoji attached to the end.”

He added: “The goal seemed less to inspire enthusiasm for one candidate than to dampen support for voting at all.”

Ironically, many of LGBTQ posts would be illegal on Russian social media under the country’s laws outlawing gay ‘propaganda’.

The page has since been taken off Facebook.

Actor Zach Braff Discovered Strangers Are Using Him To Advertise Erection Pills in Ukraine

Zach Braff / via Youtube @Buzzfeed

Apparently, actor Zach Braff is very busy in Ukraine and Russia.

If you don’t know him, Zach Braff is most recognized for playing the lead role John “J.D.” Dorian in the medical comedy Scrubs.

Scrubs ended almost ten years ago, but apparently, as Zach Braff discovered yesterday, some people still remember the good old J.D.

Braff posted a picture on twitter of his old role as it was being used on an ad. He was later informed by fans that the ad was actually one for male erection pills.

via Twitter @ZachBraff

And if that wasn’t enough, just a couple days prior to this Braff found a different ad of someone using his face to sell a computer repair service.

Now, as funny as all this is, it isn’t as great as knowing that Zach Braff isn’t alone. In fact, illegally using celebrities’ faces to market a product seems to be fairly common in Ukraine.

Zach Braff hasn’t said anything about whether he’ll be pressing charges or not for the illegal use of his image. In the meantime, he’s just using it to share some laughs.

Video: 'Independent Skaters' Blow Minds With Sexy Lake Skate

 

Not everything that's happening in Russia is a hot mess! This video of 'Independent Skaters' is just hot—Check it out!

 

 

 

 

And if you're wondering if they're skating on ice, they're not. The square panel the skaters are using is a blade safe synthetic ice made of plastic. Crazy cool, right Instincters?

 

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