10 ways to STOP the Russian terror of Gays
By Melanie Nathan, July 26, 2013.
Anti-gay sentiment and violence against LGBTI people has been a Russian habit for some time. However in recent months it has escalated with lack of basic law and order, exacerbated by Vladamir Putin’s legislative onslaught through various laws that criminalize and ostracize. We have covered that extensively here on Oblogdee.
There have been calls to boycott the Olympics being held at Sochi in Russia, there are calls to refuse entry into the U.S. for Russian human rights abusers, freeze assets as can be seen from the petition call linked below. (Please see Video below and bottom list of 10 ways to stop the Russian terror against Gays.)
The movement is growing worldwide to hold Russia and its politicians responsible for these abuses.
OFTEN IN SUCH ADVOCACY WE FEAR BACKLASH FOR OUR LGBTI BROTHERS AND SISTERS abroad – however the terror is so rife at this time, that it is equally criminal for us to be silent.
After you read the following piece and watch this Video below – please act on the list and comment as to what you think we in the U.S. and rest of the world should do given that we are now aware of what is going on. Not one of us should sit back silently and watch this new terror unfold before our eyes without taking at least one of the actions mentioned. And then publicizing to friends what they can do too.
This recent video expose appeared on You Tube and seems to be headed to viral infamy. It is hard to watch and a testament to Russia’s terror against gays. I have included the exact verbiage as it appears under the You Tube video.
“Published on Jul 24, 2013
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 at http://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.”
Help us stop them! Sign & share this petition to deny entry to the US and freeze monetary assets of these human rights violators: http://goo.gl/fMn6KU
TEN ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE TERROR PERPETUATED ON LGBTI RUSSIANS:-
ACTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA FOR ITS TERRORISM AGAINST GAYS:
(Note: If you are going to be a good advocate for this cause you will be polite, concise and refrain from abusive and vulgar language.)
1. Boycott Sochi games – Winter Olympics in Russia for 2014:
– 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/ )
@CocaCola @proctorgamble @omegawatches @Visa @samsung @PanasonicUSA @Panasonic (Japan)
– write to athletes and teams and express your disapproval – show them this article and the links to other articles
– ask athletes at Sochi games to risk arrest by waving rainbow flags
– write to Sochi Games Olympic Committee and express your opinion
2. Boycott travel to Russia, it is not safe anyway!
3. Report all incidents of violence and the abusers to U.S. State Department |Tell State department to put the authors of those odious laws on the black lists for entrance visas.
4. Flood the Russian desk at the U.S. State Department with calls and ask them what they are doing? Write to Secretary Kerry and ask him if he is taking action. At the very least he could insist that Putin’s regime bring the vigilante gay bashers, whose faces are shown on this video to justice for kidnapping, assault etc. Direct line to Russian Desk 202-647-9806 or Main Switchboard: 202-647-4000 TTY:1-800-877-8339 – ASK for Russian Desk. Tell them you want Russian lawmakers banned from entering the U.S.A.
5. Write to your U.S. Rep, Member of Congress and State Senators and ask if they are aware of the persecution- point them to this article and the Video, other articles, and the Petition. Tell lawmakers to support black lists for the entrance visas of lawmakers who legislate hateful legislation that persecutes gays.
6. DO NOT DRINK RUSSIAN VODKA and DO NOT BUY Russian goods
7. Target the homophobic lawmakers. LGBTI Organizations worldwide, EU, UK, USA, Canada etc. should provide lists of names of people who vote for these laws. ‘Pressure your governments to put the authors of these laws on the black lists for the entrance visas. Maybe if there are repercussions they will think twice. Place these lawmakers on visa ban list of the EU, USA, UK and several other countries . This may dissuade other Russian politicians to follow this path.
8. SIGN PETITION: Help us stop them! Sign & share this petition to deny entry to the US and freeze monetary assets of these human rights violators: http://goo.gl/fMn6KU
9. WRITE or call local U.S. LGBTI organizations and ask what they are doing or have done on this issue: HRC, should be top of your list.
10. Protests will be held at Russian Consuls in major Cities around the World, Be creative with your signs and attend a protest. We will report with links, so watch for updates and Spread the news and tell us your ideas.
#BoycottSochi2014 #DUMPSTOLI #DUMPRUSSIANVODKA
Updated: GREAT noticed from Facebook that Sister Roma has started protesting Russia per her post: ” I have withdrawn my involvement with the Search For The Stoli Guy contest in which I was scheduled to be a judge. I do not drink Stoli nor do I support them.”
7/28 Update: After much deliberation some Russian LGBT groups want the Games to go on to use it to boost the opportunity to draw attention to their plight and homophobia in Russia. However all related protests such as calling out sponsors and pitching athletes to wave rainbow flags and pins should go on.
Their statement: “It’s official! Organizing Committee of Moscow Gay Pride and founders of the banned Pride House Sochi decided today against the boycott of Winter Olympics in Sochi and instead to organize Winter Sochi Pride on the day of the opening of Olympic Games on 7 February 2014. Join us! It will be much more effective to draw attention to official homophobia in Russia all around the world and expose the hypocrisy of the International Olympic Committee which went into discriminatory agreements with Russian regime and of the European Court of Human Rights which still has not considered our complaint concerning the unlawful denial to register Pride House Sochi! Vive Sochi Pride 2014!”
Updated – 10/18/2013 – BOYCOTT DONALD TRUMPS Cattle Show Miss Universe Moscow- and reprimand Thomas Roberts for supporting Anti-equality Trump and for thinking he can take on Moscow. The only course of action is not to go. What is Thomas Roberts going to stand on the Miss Universe stage, raise his fist in the air and yell end the Anti-Gay laws and homophobia in Russia now?” Because anything short of just that means he is patronizing Putin and Trump.
UPDATED NOV 05, 2013 – and it got worse since first posting this article – http://oblogdeeoblogda.me/2013/11/05/south-african-student-tortured-by-putins-anti-gay-thugs/
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Thanks to Cathy Kristofferson for all research and articles on this issue.
LIST OF PETITIONS
PETITION COCA COLA at Change.org: https://www.change.org/petitions/stand-against-russia-s-brutal-crackdown-on-gay-rights-urge-winter-olympics-2014-sponsors-to-condemn-anti-gay-laws
WHITE HOUSE PETITION: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/look-russias-recent-propagandaphysical-hate-towards-lgbt-community-there-boycott-2014-olympics/vZgbZL2W
WHITE HOUSE PETITION: Grant LGBT Russians Automatic Refugee Status in the US https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/grant-lgbt-russians-automatic-refugee-status-united-states/Mln0TKtd
WHITE HOUSE PETITION: Put ELENA MIZULINA and VITALY MILONOV on the visa ban list for their role in creating Russia’s ban on “gay propaganda”
LIST OF PROTESTS AT EMBASSIES & CONSULATES:
Wednesday, July 31st
-NYC, Russian Consulate General, 12pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/210897965733627/
-Washington DC, Russian Embassy, 5pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/368356123290092/
-San Francisco, Russian Consulate, 2pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/485613204855184/
Saturday, August 3rd
-San Francisco, Russian Consulate, 12p: https://www.facebook.com/events/199695966861003
Sat Aug 3rd, San Francisco – 12 Noon – 2:00 PM
2790 Green Street, SF. Wear RED bring your rainbow flag and make a creative sign.
-Ontario, Church & Wellesley to Consulate, 7:30p: https://www.facebook.com/events/577129392337409/
Friday, August 9th
-Scotland, Edinburgh, Russian Consulate, -4pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/337164246417176/
Saturday, August 10th
-London, Russian Embassy,1pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/133404016869068/
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