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Human Rights Watch video documents increased violence against LGBT Russians

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

NEW YORK — The advocacy group Human Rights Watch released a video Tuesday documenting the increased violence against LGBT Russians.

“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.”

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  1. lol what a third world country.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:09pm
  2. GRRRRRRRRRRR….:(

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:09pm
  3. That is so sad

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:10pm
  4. really I fifn thay one hard to beelive

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:11pm
  5. How horrible….

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:11pm
  6. This is just horrible and wrong.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:12pm
  7. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:12pm
  8. We do not choose this

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:12pm
  9. THEY SHOULD BE CELIBATE

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:13pm
  10. Using violence in an attempt to prove love is wrong? SICK.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:13pm
  11. This needs to fucking stop.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:13pm
  12. Look at the smiling thugs in paramilitary gear. This is state sanctioned brownshirt hooliganism. This is your country on Nazism. You think Russians would know where that leads?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:13pm
  13. The stalinists were like this too, just not as public about it.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:22pm
  14. For the skinny on Russian sexual hang ups see: Mysteries of the Organismhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bVkKJAju-0

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:25pm
  15. In it the acute sexual hang ups of the Stalinist period are explored...saw this in college decades ago, and ift left a LASTING impression on me.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:26pm
  16. But you make it sound like that is something Russia would not want...in fact, they would welcome it.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:36pm
  17. I think Russia has a problem with what they wish for...

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:51pm
  18. What happened to my placed link? Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bVkKJAju-0

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:52pm
  19. Just the murder of a Russian woman at the hands of a frustrated closet case figure skater from Soviet Russia. Why would Facebook be blocking this...hmmmmmm?

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:53pm
  20. Wilhelm Reich: Mysteries of the Organism. WATCH IT.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:53pm
  21. American tea baggers do the same thing in the South.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:58pm
  22. The tea party is a front. It is designed to do only one thing, paralyze the government so the wealthy can preserve their power. Gay demonization is just their latest clever distraction. Why does the majority even care what 5% of the population does in their bedrooms? This comes down to power, and money. Just look at the blue bloods in the IOC. They wanted RUSSIA. That tells you a lot.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:00pm
  23. 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 even in Sochi, Russia

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:14pm
  24. Where’s the UN? Navi Pillay do something! -.-

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:14pm
  25. Odd how Russia is stuck in it’s 1940 mentality.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:14pm
  26. I have ZERO respect for the IOC …

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:14pm
  27. :0

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:15pm
  28. I think we should cancel the winter Olympics, Russia doesn’t deserve to host them

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:15pm
  29. "We" don't have the option of cancelling them. It's not a US event.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:35pm
  30. "We" have the option of cancelling by not watching, not supporting, not going....'nuff said. and don't whine about the competitors......i'm sure they'll be alright

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:38pm
  31. this reminds of how things started with the Jews in the 30s..attacked by mobs of nazis..thugs..Hitlers men

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:15pm
  32. It’s horrifying !

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:16pm
  33. Very sad

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:16pm
  34. Don’t buy Russian made or endorsed goods and services.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:16pm
  35. I just wrote an article on this

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:17pm
  36. this isn’t just wrong doing by the government. the people feel this way as well. by boycotting the Russian Olympics, not only do you keep your money from going to the country itself, but you also keep your money from the businesses in Russia who support this kind of legislation. BOYCOTT BOYCOTT BOYCOTT……show them that our money is just as impactual when it’s missing. Just look at the “cops” smiling in the background. it’s not just Putin, IT’S RUSSIANS period. with all of the money they’ve spent on this, keeping your money from them is the ONLY way to show them up. let them know how much money they missed out on by doing this to us…….FUCK RUSSIA

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:18pm
  37. Over 50 videos of such attacks and information surrounding SOCHI on my timeline on my Facebook page. Show your support against these attacks. Networks and Sponsors BOYCOTT. Now through February. See my page for more details. Gay or straight show your support for the LGBT community and rock the pink triangle profile pic. Send your picture to SochiBoycott2014@yahoo.com

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:18pm
  38. Fuck Russia

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:18pm
  39. No....direct your anger; fuck the government that supports this, not the country itself.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:41pm
  40. FUCK RUSSIA

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:19pm
  41. No....direct your anger; fuck the government that supports this, not the country itself.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:38pm
  42. Time to leave russia…….. Let evil kill themselves! I am pissed! Sounds like hitler lives in russia! In this day and age… WAKE UP RUSSIA!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:20pm
  43. dislike! this makes me sad..

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:21pm
  44. so messed up. Putin is a dictator in all but name.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:21pm
  45. I can not believe other countries especially USA is going to this hell hole, its shameful and I nothing is to be proud of going to such a oppressed place.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:22pm
  46. This breaks my heart. People are so cruel

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:22pm
  47. Let’s change profile pics to support our Russian LGBT brothers and sisters. We have to let them know we are watching and support them.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:22pm
  48. dar god

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:23pm
  49. This is disgusting. This ignorant, discriminating, and sadistic behavior must be stopped!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:27pm
  50. jesus christ this is sick!!! it pisses me off so bad the world is going to this fucked up country to celebrate the Olympics while they are disrespect and abusing their own citizens…it is like the holocaust all over again…these animals need to be stopped!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:29pm
  51. And yet, the gay athletes think it's okay to go there and compete.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:37pm
  52. i wouldve have refused to go so quick! r those medals so important to them that they are willing to basically accept what is happening? i wish more of the ppl invited would have done like Wentworth Miller and openly refused...the whole thing should have been boycotted to show that we dont agree with what is happening

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:41pm
  53. PATTON WAS RIGHT!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:29pm
  54. I can’t handle watching the picture… it makes me cry. :’(

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:29pm
  55. I would never travel to russia

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:30pm
  56. Russia needs to be exposed esp during the Homophobic Olympics.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:30pm
  57. Michelle Diane

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:33pm
  58. This literally made me ill!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:34pm
  59. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!!!!!WE NEED TO BOYCOTT THE OLYMPICS!!!!!! YOU HURT MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, YOU ALSO HURT ME!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:34pm
  60. I hope these bullies get exactly what they deserve; I wish I could be the one to give it to them.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:38pm
  61. I watched this to the end, I’m sick to my stomach and every time I think of the things they AREN’T recording it brings tears to my eyes.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:38pm
  62. I can’t. I try but, I can’t get through this.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:40pm
  63. i am thoroughly disgusted by this hateful state sanctioned action that is happening there but i am also very disappointed and saddened that not one of our canadian athletes had the courage to stand up and say i will not attend and bring money and attention to a country that allows this kind of hatefulness to occur … big fail IOC for not removing the olympics from russia and big fail to canada’s athletes for your lack of courage and compassion :(

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:40pm
  64. Fucking fascist fucks he says “eto normal” this is why religion should be separated from the state. Why are the olympics here?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:41pm
  65. This is sad that anyone can degrade and torture someone just because they are different. I hate to see if their children were gay.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:41pm
  66. i really wish i could take all of the ppl negatively affected by the violence and hold them and tell them that they r loved…sure it wouldnt stop the violence but it would ease some of the pain even if for only a moment…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:44pm
  67. #fuckrussia

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:52pm
  68. Country run by criminals with thugs walking around.. I bet if a law like that was here the same would happen.. It’s just another hitler.. scapegoating on a minority.. like any other minority.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:52pm
  69. Yeah, we should have boycotted Russia.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:57pm
  70. Russia is not a good country. I’m glad I don’t live there

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:58pm
  71. This propaganda law breeds hatred.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:05pm
  72. Unfortunatly this is just the start, I believe it will only get worse there.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:06pm
  73. This was just about the single most despicable video I think I’ve ever watched. And detractors seriously have the audacity to ask why so many people are boycotting this year’s Olympics! What is wrong with these people? Russia clearly does not give the first damn about its own citizens; they just stand idly by with their thumbs up their ignorant asses and allow this neanderthal mentality to have its bigoted way right under their noses! This is blatant discrimination. Innocent people are being publicly humiliated and threatened with death on pretty much of a daily basis and I, for one, would not want to be in the shoes of a gay athlete walking into a country that didn’t believe my personal safety was important enough.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:08pm
  74. This is what Putin wants to happen. He’s let it be known world wide that it’s great to kill gays. The military standing there are so brainwashed & are only putting on a fake show. Boycott every aspect of the Olympics! By taking the money away from Russia is the only thing that Putin can possibly understand. The absolute only thing to stop him is for his life to end. There will be someone in that country fed up to the point of not caring if they loose their life to try to end Putins life. History has shown the way insanity works.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:08pm
  75. This is terrible

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:10pm
  76. What a horrible place to be. It’s almost that bad here in Indiana where Gov. Pence the prick has become as intolerant as Putin.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:15pm
  77. So very sad, something needs to be done :(

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:23pm
  78. Sad to see this in the 21st Century. I hope things change soon…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:24pm
  79. I won’t be watching the Olympics – and have told NBC as much – they need to highlight the injustice in every sentence!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:26pm
  80. I wish someone could help these people………PLEASE….Chicago.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:34pm
  81. This is heartbreaking

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:34pm
  82. This si so sad :(

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:06am
  83. This is damn absurd!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:14am
  84. ok everyone knows tgat this guys just got arrested and are being send to prison for up to 19 years!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:17am
  85. Note the assholes with there nightsticks in the background, smiling looking as if this is so kind of fucking joke. All I can feel at this moment is sick! Proud of your selfs boys? Revolting totaly descusted. And I’m sorry so sorry things are so discraceful for the human race. God please help usall.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:17am
  86. Unreal..Get with the times!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:19am
  87. Please Boycott Sochi 2014!!!! ..

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:20am
  88. That’s horrible, and they’re hosting the Olympics? I feel bad for the harassment that any of the LGBT athletes on our USA team, or any other team for that matter, will have to go through because certain groups of people in Russia can’t accept it and their law enforcement is doing nothing about this. It really sickens me, and even though I’m not a religious person, I’ll pray for all the victims of these crimes. I’ll pray for a brighter future where equality reigns strong and true all around the world.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:23am
  89. this is evil incarnate this

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:25am
  90. Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:29am
  91. Fucking savages, man.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:29am
  92. Please anyone who reads this vow to help this in all countrys of the world. Don’t hide your heads in the sand. Its not just going to go away ! Spred the news talk about it. Stand up say. IM A GAY MAN, or woman. Be proud ank keep your fucken dirty hatful hands off me ! Your just a pack of evil hounds of hell god will see you get your cowardly asses fryed in hell! GOD IF YOUR REAL YOUR CHILDREN ARE IN TROUBLE PLEASE HELP US!
    Love peace and joy the only way for our salvation please, I’ve. Got to go now I feel verry sick!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:42am
  93. Look at the laughing aholes in the background

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:44am
  94. Answer violence with violence! It’s the only thing these sub-human scum seem to comprehend!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:07am
  95. Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 9:04am
  96. When someone strikes/hits another person…..that’s assault…very sad

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:03am
  97. Just horrible to see this happening. There needs to be an uprising throughout the world that this will not be tolerated.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:32am
  98. Why are people going there to spend Money ~ just let who ever is per taking in the Olympics go and do there sport as we support them via television but no one should go and support this horrible country that is allowing such acts ~

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 11:42am
  99. Boycotting the olympics for sure… The vast majority of Russians are clearly a pack of arseholes.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 1:22pm
  100. ….that is why we have been protesting in the streets in NYC re: Olympics, boycotts-Putin’s homophobic state is alarming.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 1:26pm
  101. It doesn’t matter your opinion on lgbt persons. You can think what you want to. But this is a perfect example of why equality is SO important. No one deserves to be treated this way. This is not okay and Russia can do better.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 1:27pm
  102. If they want equality they need to act like The PLO or IRA ANC the time for peace is over ! You cannot work with bigots !

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 1:30pm
  103. Such a Shame :(

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 1:57pm
  104. Very scary. My heart goes out to all the lgbt community in Russia. What a horrible thing to have to live through. My suggestion is that you bring guns to your date. If you are lured by these hateful ignorant groups shoot them. They’ll learn eventually to leave you alone or they will just be dead…no more problems.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 2:06pm
  105. away with the Russians and boycott the Olympics and anti-Putin actions ….. when does a politician really for LGBT ‘s and governments go against it. Scummy that the Royal Family of the Netherlands and the Prime Minister Rutte go there …. makes us as aggressively as we do not harm humans …. donot tey know those people that are we there sons and daughters!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 2:29pm
  106. A nation that is built upon inequality, oppression and cruelty will not last longer in this age! It is time that we start viewing Russia as we view the lunatics of Arab World and isolate it! DOWN WITH RUSSIA and DOWN WITH OLYMPICS! Russians must not forget that the fruit of tyranny is revolution!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 3:09pm
  107. Russia, Syria, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Right Wing Christian Republican Party in America do not believe in Human Rights, much less Dignity and Respect: hallmarks of a human being…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 3:54pm
  108. What a fucking piece of shit country. This is just like when NAZI Germany Hosted the olympics. This is fucking disgusting and they are getting away with these crimes how sickening

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:06pm
  109. Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:11pm
  110. I don’t understand why the government leaders of the world have not come together to address this disgraceful misuse of basic human rights

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:38pm
  111. I guess I’m not done, it isn’t about forcing an agenda, we have to rise above allowing citizens to behave like beasts, you don’t have to approve of the action but you must defend your neighbors right to act

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:42pm