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Putin's Crackdown on LGBT Teens in Russia

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Published on Jul 24, 2013

**UPDATE 2 ** Please sign the petition to block Russian homophobic lawmakers from entering the US and freeze their assets in Western banks.
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http://goo.gl/fMn6KU
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No US citizenship is needed!
**UPDATE**: Spectrum Human Rights received documents from our supporter in Russia, Mr. Valetine Degtyarev who monitors one of these hate groups. Apparently, his numerous attempts to alert law enforcement were in vain. Official letters from both the District Attorney and Governor's office indicate that the authorities do not see any wrongdoings so far ... Moreover, Mr. Degtyarev was advised that these hate groups represent "one of the civil movements that fight societal sins."
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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

From LGBTQ Nation: http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/07/ru...

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