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WATCH: British TV documentary reports on brutal attacks on LGBT Russians

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

LONDON – Just days ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, a new documentary airing Wednesday on Britain’s Channel 4 sheds new light on the violent, homophobic attacks on LGBT Russians.

Hunted

Dmitry Chizhevsky, a victim of an anti-LGBT attack in Russia, is featured in “Hunted.”

The documentary, produced by freelance investigative journalist Liz MacKean, is titled “Hunted,” named for remarks made by one of the film’s subjects, Dmitry Chizhevsky, who was beaten and shot in the eye last November during an attack on the LGBTQ community center in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“It’s like a hunting season,” he says. “And we are the hunted.”

The broadcast focuses primarily on the anti-gay vigilante groups “Parents of Russia” and “Occupy Pedophilia,” which many gay rights activists and advocacy groups allege are given a license to promote anti-gay animus and attack LGBT Russians because of the country’s law banning the promotion of “non-traditional” relationships.

“The LGBT community in Russia has been turned into public enemy number one and the fact is they are hunted, they are assaulted, they are humiliated,” said MacKean.

“The law clearly encouraged hostility towards gays,” said MacKean, of the anti-gay propaganda law signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin last June.

“The LGBT community is being squeezed from the forces above by the government that passed the law, by comments from Putin, like saying that gay people are welcome in Sochi if they leave the children alone… its creating such a direct connection between pedophilia and homosexuality.”

The full video has been posted online.

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On Tuesday, Human Rights Watch posted a collection of video clips documenting anti-LGBT violence that are being used by the groups to promote themselves online.

“What we see in those video are criminal offenses happening in the context of complete impunity,” said Human Rights Watch Tanya Cooper. “There is total failure on the part of Russia’s law enforcement to prosecute attack against LGBT people.”

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  1. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:24pm
  2. Pitiful

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:24pm
  3. This law by Putin is disgraceful.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:27pm
  4. i know this is hard to watch but i think its important especially now,so please lets SHARE this with our heterosexual friends and family,they should see this and we should do our little part from where we are in this planet by doing so.this is an atrocity in the making 2014,the last evil leader to crack down on gay “propaganda” was Hitler.so lets take a little time and think of our gay brothers&sisters,because we all know that we have all been there one way or another.and please don’t allow this to kill your spirits too much,feel it take it and heal it,and this is they’re own undoing,human rights will prevail.and please remind your friends&family that if only they could walk in our shoes just for a mile,they would feel and know why we and millions of people will not be watching the Sochi 2014 Winter Games,and it would only take a few steps and not a mile for them to feel the hate the pain and the oppression…thankyou.. We Are Everywhere

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:27pm
  5. Lauren Weatherill

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:28pm
  6. What’s happened in Russia, makes me sick, so saddened for our community there.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:29pm
  7. Democratic Republic on paper, dictatorship in real life

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:29pm
  8. I hope they will make it available to watch online after it airs…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:33pm
  9. When will the suffering end?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:35pm
  10. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:37pm
  11. …I’m so sick of it all! It just make me sad! :(

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:39pm
  12. K this shit needs to stop happening. People just can’t seem get on with their day without worrying about whos fucking who or whos loving who.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:40pm
  13. …and yet the world goes there for the winter games…even the British royals are there…that’s just insult on top of injury.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:44pm
  14. on the other hand having the games there will bring a lot more attention to the issue in Russia and hopefully generate more of a reaction. the vast majority of radio or news stories I have seen about the Olympics mention the law. If the Olympics weren't going on LGBTQ people like myself would still be being prosecuted by the Russian government. this way it can't be swept under the rug.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 11:07pm
  15. This shouldn’t be happening it’s sick

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:45pm
  16. Boycott Russia!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:47pm
  17. The horrorific acts of Putin, his Russian orthodox church and the US evangelists who have got the backs of the vicious thugs who they have set upon gay people must not be forgotten. Parallels with Hitler’s Germany are all too obvious. Torture camps are not far behind.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:53pm
  18. RUSSIA should NEVER have the games till thay get their CRAP together !! PERIOD !! :(

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:59pm
  19. This is very sad, hopefuly the people attending will see the Leader of Russia is not the population

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:11pm
  20. Come to mexico.! Russians..

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:41pm
  21. Countries around the world should be looking at ways to save our brothers and sisters from Russia and Nigeria and other places where his violence is condoned and encouraged.
    What would happen if we welcomed all these victims into our lands besides saving their lives?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:49pm
  22. Rich lgbt people are the only ones who have the power. They should hire mercenaries and send them

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 9:58pm
  23. Can’t watch anymore!! Too sick

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:16pm
  24. Games should never be held in this disgusting, filthy, heartless hell hole. I will not watch any games.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:31pm
  25. Terrible

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:56pm
  26. It takes people’s minds of the real problems

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 11:04pm
  27. should boycot the olympics, i saw this documentry and its appauling and very brutal and seems to be ok with the Government, totally disgusted in Russia’s LAW. Hitler did the same and looked what happend there, they seem to think because they are a big gut in the nuclear world they have the right to do anything to people who don’t conform to ” their normal” they are nothing but cowards and thats why they have to attack in groups!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 11:22pm
  28. Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 11:31pm
  29. Nothing short of a disgrace and should be condemned by all countries political leaders

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:30pm
  30. I am sorry for those that must live there

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:40pm
  31. : ( love = love

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:36pm
  32. why do people even go to Russia

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:36pm