Russian Teen Forced into Drug Clinic for Being Gay Released


A 16-year-old Russian boy forced into a drug clinic after coming out to his father has been released into his mother’s custody, it has been announced.

The teen, whose grandmother is reported to have attempted to “exorcise” the boy to rid him of his gay identity, came out to his father after his 16th birthday. His father was hostile to the news and he reportedly tricked his son into going to the rehab facility under the pretence of seeing a psychologist.

Reports the Gay News Network:

The teen’s father has been quoted by friends as saying “I’d rather have you disabled or a vegetable than gay.”

“I’d better have a son in prison or in the psychiatric ward than a gay son,” the friends also quoted.


Lawyer Violetta Volkova said Kharchenko has since been handed over to his mother.

“We drove to his grandparents at four in the morning but they wouldn’t even open the door,” she said.

“Then we decided to go to his mother’s and she turned out to be a completely normal, reasonable woman. They get on well, though he’s been living with his father for the last three years.


Volkova added that the formal reason for Kharchenko’s stint in rehab was for alleged drug abuse and alcoholism but doctors have since said tests revealed no drugs in his system.

This however comes after what appears to be an attempt to cover up the fact that at 16 the boy was not old enough to be put in such a facility, with reports suggesting that someone may have falsified documents and lied about the “treatment” he was given.

Reports the St Petersburg Times:

At the rehab center, Kharchenko was barred from using the telephone and given pills that he said affected his memory. A doctor at the clinic told Kharchenko’s mother that no traces of drugs were detected in his system.


The boy’s friends complained to police that only people above the age of 18 could be held at the clinic. A clinic official showed journalists a document saying that Kharchenko was 19 years old, Novaya Gazeta reported.

A police investigation has been started, though how thorough that investigation will be given Russia’s recent slide toward further institutionalizing homophobia remains in doubt.

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Kristen H.
Kristen H.4 years ago

I hope the father is locked up for child abuse. At least the grandmother can plead dementia. May this young man remain safe with his mother and benefit from her love and compassion, along with the support of some very brave friends who undoubtedly rescued him from what could have been a much more nightmarish stay at that "drug" clinic.

KS Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Luvenia V.
Luvenia V.4 years ago

Change the name to America and the article could be about us. Pray away the Gay or drug them up, yep, that is the Christian thing to do.

Jason S.
Jason S.4 years ago


Citizen C.
Citizen Citizen4 years ago

It is insane! Clearly, he must have, either been on drugs and got sent to a drug clinic or he was gay and got sent to a gay clinic. You cannot send a gay man to a drug clinic or send a drug man to a gay clinic! Can you?: It confuses matters ''soundrite''

Robert Hardy
Robert Hardy4 years ago

When will this insanity stop? When?

Lynn C.
Lynn C.4 years ago

Hope he'll be okay after his release. Russia is a scary place to be a homosexual.

Carlos B.
Carlos Bagram4 years ago

@ Nyack C. – Thank you for putting words in my mouth as to what I deem worthy. Let me return the favor. Your personal judgment of others is your personal problem. If my compassion encompasses more than what you can read in a one track article then take your tiger and opinionated blabber mouth and sit on a rock.

Hannah Short
Hannah Short4 years ago

what is wrong with that father, i would love to have a gay child if any of mine become one whether foster child or birth child, i would love them no mater what, (unless they became a cold blooded killer)

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers4 years ago

I hope his family stand by him, and realise that it is not a choice he has made.