We have been following the threats to arrest gay athletes in Russia under the new anti-homosexual laws of the Putin regime — a threat repeated recently by a minister despite assurances from the International Olympic Committee. One official however suggested it may be suspended for the games. Now there are reports The Putin governments alliance with the Russian Orthodox Church has expressed itself in the abusive prosecution of the band Pussy Riot as well as the crackdown on gays and lesbians. Now these reports detail videotapes of gay men being forced to drink urine and abused as a “cure” of their homosexuality.
The abuse is being organized by a nationalist party headed by a man previously sentenced for hate crimes. The videos discussed in the latest article were shot in the industrial town of Kamensk-Uralsky.
Maksim Martsinkevich, an ultranationalist, has pushed supporters to use this “cure” and told a website associated with Putin’s security services that “I hope that these broken lives – and they really do have broken lives – will be an example to the generation growing up that they shouldn’t behave like that.”
That’s right, having urine poured on your head and being beaten by thugs can cure a sexual orientation.
Martsinkevich is obviously a disturbed and dangerous individual, but not nearly as disturbed and dangerous as the Putin government encouraging such attacks with these laws. The “gay propaganda” law is written in absurdly broad language to allow the government carte blanche in arresting gays and lesbians.
The law passed 436-0 in the Russian Duma. The law prohibits “propaganda of homosexuality to minors” to “protect children from information harmful to their health and development.” Even suggesting the equality of gay and traditional relationships can be viewed as violating the ban on promoting “non-traditional sexual relationships.”
Such discriminatory laws obviously emboldened monsters like Martsinkevich and his followers. The result is a major rollback of human rights in Russia — part of an overall attack on civil liberties by Putin.