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Witness The Violence Against LGBT People In Russia In This Human Rights Watch Video
February 4, 2014
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Warning: this video contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing.

Human Rights Watch released a video this week drawing attention to the violence and discrimination that LGBT people face in Russia. 

The video is a compilation of attacks posted online not by victims but by Russian vigilante groups, as a tactic to humiliate those victims. In the fall, the Russian Parliament passed a bill criminalizing propaganda about "non-traditional" sexual relationships directed at minors. The Human Rights Watch video aims to combat those laws and shed some light on the discrimination faced by LGBT people in Russia right now.

“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, in a statement. “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.”

Via New York Times


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