On Monday, one of the over Russian Neo-Nazi groups targeting gay teenagers and young men in Russia, uploaded a new video of their latest attack on a gay Russian teenager. The year-old victim Igor, was tricked and lured into a meeting in broad daylight and was ambushed by over 8 men who repeatedly kicked, punched and slapped the victim while verbally assaulting and humiliating him on camera. He was forced to come out on camera and identify himself so his family, friends and employers would know he was gay. Group members then ambush the boys when they show up for their supposed date; they bully the boys, torture them, and have them make humiliating confessions about their sexuality, all while recording the encounters on camera. Igor endured over 12 minutes of continuous punching and slapping while he was being asked humiliating questions. According to Larry Poltavtsev of the Spectrum Human Rights Alliance, the Neo-Nazi group accused the year-old victim of being a pedophile because he was intending to meet a year-old, even though the age of consent in Russia is 16 and makes his meeting entirely legal.
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But it was only when the pair came home, entered the flat, and two assailants jumped out from behind the curtains that he started to realise how badly wrong things had gone. The men announced to Sergei that his date was, in fact, a minor — even though his profile and appearance suggested he was at least Sergei was lucky that a year army career meant he could stand up to the men physically. After an hour, he managed to persuade them to go outside so he could try to get money from a cashpoint. From there, he ran. The Independent was able to speak to three of the targeted men.
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Well, not nobody. And they all just want what everyone else wants: somebody to love. Moscow is, indeed, gayer than you might think. There might not be many dedicated gay clubs — the five-floor behemoth of Central Station being a notable exception — but many bars and restaurants have gay nights, from Cafe Mart to Mono to the famous Sunday discos at Propaganda.
The history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people LGBT in Russia and its historical antecedents the Soviet Union and the Russian Empire has largely been influenced by the political leanings of its rulers. Medieval Catholic-Protestant Europe had the largest influence on Russian attitude towards homosexuality. Russian LGBT history was influenced by the ambivalent attitude of the Russian Orthodox religiosity regarding sexuality. Homosexuality has been documented in Russia for centuries.