Short narrative in English: Age of consent in Russia is currently 16 years old. On video one can see allegedly a 15 year old teen lured by an organized Neo Nazi gang of self-proclaimed “pedophile fighters” who posted a fake personal ad from allegedly an older man (named “Uncle Dima”). This teen was forced to give out his full name, address, school name, parents names and etc. They laughed about his sexual preferences, bullied him, poured urine on him and kicked at the end. We would never know what occurred after the camera went out. Naturally, all his personal details were released to the general public and viewed by millions in Russia. Infamous Russian ultranationalist and former skin head, Maxim Martsinkevich, known under the nickname “Cleaver” (or “Tesak” in Russian) spearheaded a country wide campaign against (primarily male) LGBT teens using a popular social network VK.com to capture, torture and ultimately out unsuspected male teen victims.
Over 500 online groups were created. As one can see, they operate under a broad day light. Bystanders either ignore or condone their actions. Police refuse to arrest them even though they are in violation of the existing criminal laws in Russia. Their excuse? They fight pedophiles … but attacking pedophiles’ victims. Certainly, they are selective and lure mostly gay male teens. Being outed in a small Russian city often equal death, torture, suicide. They track suicides publicly online and brag about those deeds. More athttp://goo.gl/xh5CMy . Putin’s regime needs scapegoats. They adopted a number of anti-gay laws and started a wave of hate crimes. Recently, a 23 y.o. man was sodomized by 3 beer bottles to death:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05…. Police does not help. Actually, they often persecute the victims.”
Please consider spending a little of your time on one of the following suggestions (or those of your own choosing). We can make a diffference!
You may wish to use the internet to contact your local LGBT netweork and find out when protests are being held outside Russian Embassies and Consuls.
If you wish to take up the torch in support of our brothers and sisters in Russia:
– write to team sponsors and pass on this article – express to them how you feel: Sponsors include Coca-Cola, VISA, Aeroflot, Omega, McDonalds, P&G, Volkswagan (VW), General Electric, Samsung and others. (http://www.sochi2014.com/en/ )
-Contact newspapers with letters and television stations with concern that they will use the media for freedom.