RUSSIA: Hate Crimes Double After “Gay Propaganda” Laws, Nearly 200 Murders In Last Five Years

Reuters reports:

Hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Russia have doubled in five years, researchers said on Tuesday, in the wake of a law banning “gay propaganda”.

Murders accounted for almost 200 out of 250 crimes analyzed, the Center for Independent Social Research said, attributing the surge to Russia’s 2013 ban on the spreading of “propaganda for non-traditional sexual relations” to minors.

“(Offenders) have become more aggressive and less fearful,” said Svetlana Zakharova, a board member with Russian LGBT Network, the country’s most prominent gay rights campaign group, which has noted the same trend.

The “gay propaganda” laws were first set in motion by notorious United Russia member Vitaly Milonov [photo], who is closely aligned with the Russian Orthodox Church.

  • SDG

    Shit under the Czars, Shit under Communism, and Shit under Putin. Nothing changes in Russia, ever.

    • Halou

      Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
      The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Except for Catherine the Great. Girl was rumored– sadly incorrectly– to liked to get fucked by horses. Now, that’s a change in royalty sex lives if you ask me.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        It certainly broke the incest chain.

      • KevInPDX

        Never be able to purge from my mind the image of “Mr. Hands” bottoming for Big Dick the stud horse.

      • Priya Lynn

        “sadly incorrectly”???

    • Todd20036

      That’s why Russia is such a shit country, and it has little to do with communism per se’

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        But their museums have good art, I have to admit.

        Of course, they stole the shit but hey! Welcome to the Louvre, British Museum, etc. etc. ad naseum

        • Ernest Endevor

          And a great literature, and musical tradition, plus they arguably invented the modern theatre, plus the ballet, cinema…

    • Bambino

      Now it’s coming to America.

      • S1AMER

        Uh, it’s already here. And spreading.

        • Snarkaholic

          And not just targeting the gays.

          • nope! theocratic neofascists are big into hating and scapegoating a long list of Others, including jews, atheists, feminists, artists, academics…

          • Todd20036

            … and black people.

          • Paula

            Doan ferget the chinamen…

    • William

      Gorbachev said Putin will have to go for Russia to change.

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        … and Medvedev too.

        • Oscarlating Wildely


          Pithy saying: “It takes a Russian to take down a Russian.” Not sure who. Until then, place is fucked up.

          • William

            It will take a new revolution to rid them on the oligarchs and Putin.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            You talking about the US right?

          • FAEN

            And what comes in its place? That’s what scares me because unfortunately it can always get worse.

      • Goodboy

        Putin was only put there to pardon Yeltsin for his crimes.

    • FAEN

      Just the flags, the range of brutality and famine.

    • Steverino

      Yep. It doesn’t matter what “flavor of the century” economic policy is in ascendency, it’s the same autocratic authoritarianism all the time.

  • Silver Badger

    Who ever would have thought. Could this be the law of intended consequences?

    • Todd20036


  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Sometimes music and images remain poignant.

  • crewman

    (Offenders) have become more aggressive and less fearful

    All according to plan.

    • JAKvirginia

      You see it, too. Seeing the patterns in the chaos.

    • Silver Badger

      Just like here.

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    • Guest

      Fortunately we are in a far, far better position to fight back on this than LGBT Russians are.

    • Frostbite

      Coming soon to a state near you!

      • FAEN

        Thankfully we can fight back here. Well more so than Russia anyway.

        • Kissmagrits

          The pink Glock in Betty Lou’s handbag……..

    • Schlukitz

      Yep. Sounds like the plan is working far better than Vitaly Milonov ever dared hope it would. ;-(

  • Halou

    And how many few of these crimes have resulted in prosecutions?

    • clay

      65 of the 250. But the report also clearly states that the 250 were hugely low-balled.

  • Tawreos

    Remember this the next time that Perkins and bastards like him say that we should be more like Russia.

    • Todd20036

      This is EXACTLY what they mean, though

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    OT: Trumptards spoiling your Thanksgiving Dinner?
    No problem! Regale them wth choice nuggets from this VERY LONG LIST of republican sex offenders.

    • Chucktech

      Trumptards are deplorable and irredeemable. Unless you are spoiling for a good Thanksgiving dinner table fight (and that can be delightful fun), I’d stay the fuck away.

    • clay

      Works even for left-overs on Black Friday!
      “Please pass the Hastert, I mean the mustard.”

  • Gigi

    How are hate crimes monitored if you’re not even allowed to say the word gay?

  • Todd20036

    And this is what Trump is trying here.
    Transgendered can be kicked out of the military.
    Bathroom bills.
    Overturn Ogenfell
    Sodomy laws.
    This is the republican agenda, even if it’s not Trumps

  • William

    Is that the inflatable Vitaly sex doll?

  • S1AMER

    This is not news.

    This was pre-ordained when Putin started exploiting and encouraging homophobia in Russia (primarily to get the clerics solidly on his side).

    And, given how hatred feeds hatred, it’s safe to anticipate there will be far more than 500 murders over the next five years.

    • clay

      This is news that it is well-researched proof.

  • /

    Not to mention the fact that teachers and others have been fired over this.

    The idea behind laws like this are to allow negative misconceptions and lies about homosexuality to flourish, and any rebuttal to those to be punishable by law. That we can be demonized with no recourse to defend ourselves and educate people as to the truth.

  • Ninja0980

    Which was the intention of the laws in the first place.

    • BearEyes

      my thought as well

  • Snarkaholic

    Vitaly, if you want to kill all the gays, start with yourself.

  • just tell me where to phone bank and i’m there, to raise money and start an exodus program for members of our family over there. sigh. there are lots of countries right now where we need that, an organized program to get atheists & LGBT folks out of countries where theocratic fascism is on the rise. Russia is near the top of that list.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      The US is heading the same direction, so it would be best for the refugees to end up in more enlightened countries.

    • MBear

      Hopefully to a safer country, which does not include the USA

    • glass

      They are fighting for their rights, just as we did. Here is some information on their activities.

  • Friday

    WHat the Christian RIght wants for what’s left of the USA.

  • Professor Barnhardt


    What did I tell you two days ago?

    “Isn’t the Counselor to the President a public employee? Doesn’t she work at the White House? Isn’t she at her place of employment? Isn’t she engaging in partisan politics on company time? Isn’t this a violation of the Hatch Act?”

    • clay

      and Ben Carson.

    • Treant

      A small slap on the wrist and a behind-the-back handover of some serious campaign cash to Conway.

  • Chucktech

    Barbarians in Barbaria.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Oscarlating Wildely

      That will piss him off but while we are at it should we rename our political process after Putin murdered it?

      • Steverino

        Now we have the Reputinik Party.

        • JCF

          Good…but I think “Re-pedo-can” has even more impact!

    • Joe in PA

      And funding cuts for DC coming in 3…2…1…

    • kaydenpat

      O-o. Now Trump has more Black people to twitter rage at.

      • Todd20036

        Neither Trump nor Congress can do anything about this.

  • FAEN

    When you give Putin’s army of bigots permission to exterminate our community this isn’t a surprise. As Crewman said-all according to plan.

  • JT

    The “gay propaganda” laws were first set in motion by notorious United Russia member Vitaly Milonov

    The skeletons in his closet should come out.

  • ETownCanuck

    Wow, who could have guessed that advocating hate would result in actual hate?

  • Uncle Mark

    O/T Kinda – With all this horrible news, perhaps this piece from the Wonkette will crack y’all up. “This Video Will Make You Stop Being So Gay All The Time” is the wonderfully sarcastic headline. It seems some anti-gay group believes that having a man prance & skip around with rainbow-colored flags will somehow exorcise those gay demons outta y’all…’cuz clearly God Hates Flags. (Seriously, you can see from the video that Prancer desperately wants to play for our team, if he isn’t already.)

  • clay

    CISR won a 1/3 million $ grant from the MacArthur Foundation to start the first peer-reviewed online Sociology journal. They are the premier social research group in Russia.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • William

      Sorry, I’m driving through a tunnel and can’t read your post.

    • Treant


      “Can you hear me now?”


      “Then why did you answer?”


  • kaydenpat

    Thank you, Putin.

  • zhera

    Hardly surprising. Humans will do the most horrible things when they think they’re allowed. Re: Concentration camps, the Killing Fields, the Inquisition, slavery, etc.

    Remind me, someone: Did the law about domestic violence go through? The one that stated that men were allowed to beat their wives? If it did, there will be some horrific numbers there as well.

    • Gianni

      Slight correction – ” …when they KNOW they’re allowed.”

  • MBear

    The worldwide purge of LGBT people has begun. Stay safe people

  • Ernest Endevor

    In 2011, I think, the Russian director Alexander Sokurov made Father and Son. A much-praised movie about… a father and son. I think it’s mostly jiggery-pokery but I can’t be relied on. When it was released in the West there was a good deal of “Dude, the father is like totally making out with his son, dude.” This provoked much high-minded outrage on the part of Mr Sokurov, but looking at the movie that is totally what’s going on. It opens with a long, intensely erotic sequence of the father and son, both naked and both beautiful, totally… Well, I guess my point is, as much as I ever have one, how does one put that together with the national homophobia? Was the director, and everyone else connected with the movie, so clueless? I know that social norms differ but, dudes, get a room! BTW, Masha Gessen is outstanding in her reporting at the NYRB on Putin’s use of homophobia to provide a convenient ‘other’.

    Quality stinks – the real thing is beautifully photographed, that much I will say – but what does anyone think? The first few minutes will suffice. Later, there’s much gazing into each other’s eyes and ‘innocent horseplay’ but they’ve put their shirts on so what’s even the point? Subtitles in Spanish but no one needs to be reading.

    • licuado de platano

      I don’t think most sons stroke their father’s nipples.

      • Ernest Endevor

        I know. And that’s the least of it.

  • stevenj
    • GanymedeRenard

      Not surprised. 🙁

  • Octoberfurst

    I’ll bet Brian Brown and Scott Lively will read about all the gays being killed in Russia and they will get so excited they will be jerking off. “If ONLY we could do that in America!”

  • GanymedeRenard

    And this entire Administration is super happy about it… Russia a developed country? My foot.

  • Gerry Fisher

    [grits my teeth]

  • That is one ugly motherfucker.

  • Pip

    This is what you get when you have state sanctioned hate.

  • Gianni

    Trump and Pooty talk often and seem to get along in discussing assorted important problems. I’m wondering if Donnie ever brings up something like this where the state uses a light touch if you beat or kill a gay person because they’re gay? Rhetorical question. We all know that Donnie doesn’t care and, even if he did, he doesn’t have the stones to face Pooty over something like this. He much prefers cuddling with him.

  • DaveMiller135

    DM: You know what that is? (referring to face)
    VM: Vat?
    DM: Cocksucker’s cramp. You get it?

    Punchline 1
    VM: Da!
    DM: Thought so.

    Punchline 2
    VM: Nyet!
    DM: Yeah, the pros don’t.

    [Sometimes the old ways really are the best. Or so I’ve heard.]

  • JCF

    The blood on Putin’s hands flows right onto Drumpf’s. We demand JUSTICE!!!!!

  • Kevin Andrews

    What better example than the Christ-O-Fascism of Putin’s bigotry and his ownership of the Shitgibbon? Crimes Against Humanity is too kind a charge for these vile scum of the Earth who haven’t a clue what Christianity is all about.

  • Al Prazolam

    When Cheeto Don held up the rainbow flag during the 2016 campaign I thought it was too good to be true, and it was. He’s appointing all these homophobic whackjobs to judgeships and other posts, and of course there’s the transgender ban, which he did to satisfy the religious nutjobs in his base. The anti-gays are flourishing under his presidency. NYTimes had a story Wednesday about how the First Amendment is being used to assault gay marriage. These are difficult times, and I hope anyone who voted for this asshole does penance for exercising such bad judgment.