Russian media: prosecution of gays in occupied Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

LGBT-community in Donbas is being harassed and is forced to leave
13:22, 18 April 2017

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Representatives of the LGBT community in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions are prosecuted, and many are forced to hide their orientation. This is stated in the article of the Russian Republic agency.

Many representatives of LGBT fearing for their lives left the occupied territories. And for those who stayed, as human rights activists say, ‘Soviet times’ returned - when homosexuality was banned and  concealed, according to the agency.

The so-called authorities of the “DNR” and “LNR” conduct arbitrary arrests and tortures against gays.

“At an early stage of the conflict, the situation was aggravated by the fact that in some regions military units (for example, the Cossacks) were almost uncontrollable, submitting neither to the “people's republics” nor to the nominal control of Moscow,” the newspaper notes.

According to the human rights center “Memorial”, the manifestations of aggression (including beatings) against those who were mistaken for homosexuals, for example, because of a hairdo or earring, became more frequent in Donetsk in the spring of 2014. In the occupied Horlivka, there were leaflets with the slogan: “Homosexuality is disgusting and it must be prosecuted according to the law of the Donetsk People's Republic.”

The gay club “Babylon” In Donetsk and the art space “Isolation” the participants of which supported the rights of LGBT people were destroyed.

In addition, in the so-called “DNR” and “LNR” tried to introduce an official ban.

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"The Constitution of the Donetsk People's Republic stated that “perverted unions between people of the same sex are prosecuted by law” (later this phrase was removed), according to journalists, they were even going to adopt a special law “on the protection of the Christian traditions of the people of Lugansk region from harmful influence of customs of hostile states, such as the European Union, Canada and the United States.” In the end, this idea was abandoned- it was limited following the example of Russia to the ban of “propaganda of non-traditional relations,” the article says.

There were rumors in the LGBT community about violence. They talked about how “gay was shot and buried in Yasynuvata,” as well as arbitrary arrests, robberies and extortion.

Refugees from the occupied Donetsk told that if militants found out about the “non-traditional orientation” of a person, they could “take him to the basements”, arrest him for ransom or free labor. Those who were arrested were subjected to bullying, and those who were not payed for could be sent to dig trenches in the danger zone.

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The agency writes that there were cases when representatives of LGBT were chased out of their apartments or forced to quit the job.

Human rights activists note that in the current situation, LGBT representatives are forced to hide their orientation, and some support fictitious heterosexual relations, conclude fictitious marriages. According to the human rights organization ‘Insight’, the majority still preferred to leave.

Earlier it was reported that videos of clashes during LGBT Pride in Odesa were published in social networks. Agressive men were severely blocked by Ukrainian riot police.

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