A very dear friend and prolific blogger has been describing, loud and clear, the situation that has been going on in Russia.
Melanie Nathan, Publisher & Editor
The time is now to end prejudice and discrimination against LGBTI people around the world!
Melanie Nathan, the publisher of this BLOG, is a lawyer, mediator, equality activist, and human rights advocate who speaks and writes on issues impacting LGBTI communities around the world, with a focus on the U.S.A. and Africa.
In addition to reporting related news and stories, O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da, serves as a platform for Nathan and her guests to highlight their work in a world where gay, lesbian, transgender, queer, intersex, and gender-free people are the subjects of persecution and discrimination.
O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da started out as a platform to showcase the equality and human rights advocacy work of Melanie Nathan, the editor.
Over time it has developed into a renowned BLOG , consisting mostly of unique content, on subjects ranging from US politics and equality to the decriminalization of homosexuality, LGBTQI asylum, sexuality violence and all human rights issues around the globe, with a special focus on Africa.
Melanie, a lawyer, is the founder of Private Courts, Inc., an advocacy and conflict resolution practice headquartered in the Bay Area, California.
Nathan, who has been writing her BLOG since 2009, is a commentator and speaker.
Melanie is also co-producing GAY U.S.A. the Film, a documentary about LGBT rights in America.
She was born in South Africa where she practiced as an attorney during the apartheid era.
She reported on this topic:
SOUTH AFRICAN STUDENT TORTURED BY PUTIN’S ANTI-GAY THUGS
By Melanie Nathan, November 05, 2013.
We have been reporting for some time the attacks of young people, including students, who are lured through the internet, by anti-LGBT, neo-Nazi and ultra-nationalists groups in Russia. We have also been reporting that these groups have gained strength and increased their attacks on young gay (LGBT) people or those perceived as gay, especially since passage of the new anti-gay law, known as the anti-propaganda law.
According to the Russian LGBT advocacy group, Spectrum Human Rights, Putin’s government continues the homophobic and xenophobic propaganda on all state run media outlets. As a result fascists started to attack international students and even go on hunting tours (“safaris”) in nearby countries.
Then, she reported on another related topic:
WANTED | NAMES AND FACES OF RUSSIAN CRIMINALS WHO TORTURED SOUTH AFRICAN STUDENT
SA student perceived as Gay tortured by Russian gangsters known as Occupy Pedophile who are given Impunity by Vladimir Putin and his homophobic regime
#WANTED Let us #OUT these criminals so the world knows who they are. By Spreading this Article around we are showing the faces of the cowardly Russian criminals who lure and kidnap young people, #gay or perceived as gay, for the purposes of public torture and humiliation; and all the while Vladimir #Putin watches on… his tacit endorsement, with license provided by his homophobic anti-gay legislation.
I’m posting this today because I believe it’s important to show the readers what comments she has received from people who have visited her blog and have spouted feelings of hate, extreme prejudice, condoning of violence, public torture and humiliation.
Maxim Martsenkevich (“Tesak”)Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich is a former leader of the far-right extremist group Format18, which was the ‘armed wing’ of the Russian neo-Nazi organization NSO.
Born: July 8, 1984 (age 29) – in the Video the SA student is forced to send greeting to Tesak as well as to do the group’s bent thumb sign.
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