Watch: Russian Gay Activist Beaten By Neo-Nazi In Front of Reporters


The capital city of the Komi Republic in Russia banned the city’s gay pride parade, due to take place on 31 March. After the cancellation, the event’s organizer Artem Kalinin, was beat up the leader of a neo-Nazi group. Via Pink News:

On the same day as the cancellation, the gay pride organiser and chair of the local LGBT group, Artem Kalinin, was physically attacked by the leader of a neo-Nazi group in Syktyvkar.

In front of journalists – who caught the attack on camera – Alex Kolegov beat Kalinin. This worsened when gay activist Kalinin called Kolegov a ‘Nazi.’

However, Kalinin is not deterred by the attack.

“This incident will not change my decision” said Kalinin. “We are going to hold pride in spite of everything.”

He and several witnesses reported the attack and death threats, but the police made no arrest.


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