John M. Becker

Russian Vigilantes Film Vicious Trans Bashing

Filed By John M. Becker | August 19, 2013 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Transgender & Intersex
Tags: anti-trans, beating, hate crime, hate crimes, hate crimes against LGBT people, Russia, trans bashing, trans-bashing, trigger warning

russia_anti_trans.pngA gang of Russian bullies recently posted a video to VK.com (VKontakte, Russia's version of Facebook) that shows them viciously beating a trans woman.

The video was shot in daylight in what looks like either a public park or other common area. One of the men punches the woman, knocking her to the ground. She tries to flee but is unable to get away, and the mob punches and kicks her repeatedly. At one point, one of the assailants grabs her by her underwear and drags her.

At least one bystander is present but makes no attempt to intervene.

Eventually she is able to escape; near the end of the video the man holding the camera appears to be rifling through the contents of her purse, which fell on the ground during the beating.

This hate crime is just the latest horrifying example of vigilante violence towards LGBT people, fueled and legitimized by the Russian government's barbaric anti-LGBT crackdown.

For gay- and trans-bashers in Russia, it's apparently open season.

I've saved a copy of the video and uploaded it to YouTube; it's after the jump. (Trigger warning for extreme anti-trans violence)

Russian Anti-Trans Beating from John Becker on Vimeo.

h/t: John Aravosis, AMERICAblog.

UPDATE: Reader and fluent Russian speaker Sai took the time to summarize the dialogue in the video, along with timestamps. Sai's summary is posted on Google Plus, and reproduced below with permission.

0:00: I've fucked* those kinds of guys. Take it off please. Take it off please.
0:14: [garbled] real?
0:20: Once was enough [for them].
0:27: Fuck his [garbled].
0:34: Yeah, run, run!
0:39: That's a man, fucking [garbled]!
0:46: Bitch, that's a pederast! (nb: used synonymously with 'gay')
1:06: Undress him [garbled]; it's a man, undress him [repeats]
1:46: Sit on the bottle! Sit, bitch!
1:56: [after holding broken bottle as improvised weapon] Stay back from her**!
1:59: He ran...
2:28: With god. [reply:] Yeah, lucky.
2:52: Let's go. Let's go to the same place, [garbled] too far... We'll find*** [unspecified]; let's go.

* Can mean 'fucked up', not just 'had sex with'.
** '??' (iyo) is 'her', '???' (ivo) is 'him'. I heard the former, but in quick speech they can merge.
*** again, '??????' 'we'll find' sounds similar to '??????' (let's go). Not certain which was said.


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