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Russian Gay Activist Attacked While Police Look On

Russian Gay Activist Attacked While Police Look On

Russian gay activist Bulet Barantaev has identified one of a group who attacked him and is demanding the police investigate.

Barantaev is the head of the Novosibirsk (the largest city of Siberia) LGBT organization ‘Gordo’ and was beaten, stripped and had eggs thrown at him after returning from the Mayor’s office on October 10 after lodging another notice requesting permission to hold a public action. The attackers despite shouting “Oh, you fag!” easily escaped in spite of the presence of police.

Russian authorities are known for refusing such notices but approving those of far-right Nationalists and Russian Orthodox religious groups calling for ‘death to gays.’

He found a photograph of the attacker on social media.

Because the authorities knew he was coming to the Mayor’s office, says Barantaev:

“The attack itself was inspired by some of the people of the Municipality of Novosibirsk.”

Barantaev demonstrations in Novosibirsk are noted for calling for tolerance of gay teens, as well as talking about the prevalence of homosexuality in the animal world.

The public action he was requesting permission for is called “All types of sexuality – are natural.”

They planned to provide information about the 2% to 25% of the different species of animals and birds who exhibit homosexual behaviour, and thus prove that homosexuality is a natural phenomenon and not a consequence of “fashion,” “propaganda “or “influence of debauchery” on television.

The mayor of Novosibirsk, Vladimir Gorodetsky, a member of Vladimir Putin’s party, has called LGBT activists an “abomination.”

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7:33PM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

Yes the laws are stupid over in Russia, but if you go over there follow the laws! Simple as that, don't be a Maddona!

9:04AM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

Proprio una cosa molto triste.

7:26AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Oh and btw elizabeth k. Antiabortion protesters do things like bomb buildings and shoot and kill doctors and woman inside of clinics because abortion is wrong but murder is ok. Usually these people get pushed around because they spit and throw things at woman going into clinics so until you people can learn to behave at a protest you will keep getting pushed around during your protests.

7:20AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

This is a country that denied the existence of a child murderer for decades because it made them look bad and many many children paid with their lives. Even with dozens of child corpses they still denied a serial killer. And this man was not caught until long after the fall of the wall so it does not surprise me that they are still 100 years behind in their treatment of gays. They still think if they ignore and shun them, jail them or kill them it will make it go away no matter how it goes against the laws or humanity for that matter. We are so far behind in the advancement of our morality as a species its just sad. It is why i walked away from any type of organized religion as well because they have become to power hungry and demanding in a total give over of all the lives and money of those in the church. Stay home people worship your god from home and live the so called accepting and forgiving life your god asks of you. And see what organized religion has really become.

7:38AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Nobody does a damn thing when antiabortion protesters are pushed around, and worse.

9:50AM PST on Dec 9, 2011

Will we ever do away with all these awful, narrow-minded people, who are so full of hatred?

12:26AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

so sad......... and good luck to Bulet.

4:11AM PST on Nov 14, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:21PM PST on Nov 13, 2011

Any act of violence needs to be illegal and addressed by police- Not condoned!

7:11AM PST on Nov 12, 2011

Ignorant, hateful people who need to look at themselves instead of labeling others.

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