The vigilantes continue to roam unchecked as they beat, rape, humiliate, break into apartments of LGBT Russians. Putin's Punks are not arrested, condemned and discouraged by the government. How ironically the day that the New York Times published an Op-Ed from Putin preaching to us about equality that this story should become public knowledge.
In this case they put a gun to the victims head and threaten to kill him if he didn't do as ordered by the thugs. Russian authorities simply said they have had no one complaining about such an incident.
Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty reports:
A video depicting a man being raped with a bottle has surfaced on social media, in what appears to be the latest assault on Russia's beleaguered homosexual community.
The series of short clips, making the rounds on the mobile phone application WhatsApp show the victim, who seems to be an ethnic Uzbek, being bullied into confessing that he is gay.
He is asked to identify himself and is stripped of his clothes, which are later burned. He is then handcuffed, beaten, insulted, and threatened with a gun. Ultimately, he is forced to sodomize himself by sitting on a bottle, which is then pushed with a bat.
The man, visibly terrified, weeps throughout much of the ordeal.
Viewers on WhatsApp overwhelmingly praised the violence as a well-deserved punishment.
RFE/RL was able to track down a man who claimed to have taken part in the attack.
The Uzbek-speaking source, speaking from Russia, confirms that the victim was targeted because he is gay.
"We made him sit on a bottle so that he repents for his sins and comes to reason," he told RFE/RL's Uzbek Service. "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."
According to the purported assailant, the attack took place on September 11 in Novosibirsk, where he himself is a student, and all the participants were ethnic Uzbeks.
He says the man was first detained by a group of Russian antigay vigilantes who lured him to a fake date through a social-networking website.
The vigilantes then allegedly handed him to the city's Uzbek community.
"Russian guys caught him and called us to say they had a gay Uzbek," the self-proclaimed author of the video said. "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."
A recent law banning the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" to minors has triggered a fresh wave of assaults, both verbal and physical, on LGBT people.
A new bill proposes to take children away from homosexual parents.
In August, a video similar to the one apparently shot in Novosibirsk emerged on VKontakte, Russia's biggest social-networking website.
It shows four Russian men viciously beating up what appears to be a transgender woman and attempting to make her sit on a bottle.
The victim ultimately manages to break the bottle and run away.
In this case, too, the clip drew overwhelmingly favorable comments from viewers.