A video of a young gay Russian man being tortured and raped with a bottle has gone viral on a mobile phone application, where it has drawn overwhelmingly positive comments from viewers.
Radio Free Europe first reported on the video, which is making the rounds on WhatsApp. In the video, the young victim, apparently an ethnic Uzbek, is bullied into confessing he’s gay and stripped of his clothes. He is then handcuffed, beaten, insulted, and threatened with a gun. For a finale, he’s forced to sodomize himself by sitting on a bottle, which is then pushed with a bat.
WhatsApp members overwhelmingly praised the violence as a well-deserved punishment, RFE reported.
According to a man claiming to be one of the assailants, the attack took place Sept. 11 in Novosibirsk and all the participants were ethnic Uzbeks. He said the man was first detained by a group of Russian antigay vigilantes who lured him to a fake date through a social-networking website.
The vigilantes then allegedly handed him to the city's Uzbek community.
"Russian guys caught him and called us to say they had a gay Uzbek," the self-proclaimed author of the video said. "We then questioned him and he confessed to everything. There were six or seven of us. The Russians told us he was a pedophile, which he denied. But he confessed that he was gay."
Police in Novosibirsk say they are not aware of the case.
In August, a similar video emerged on VKontakte, Russia's biggest social-networking website. It shows four Russian men viciously beating up what appears to be a transgender woman and attempting to make her sit on a bottle.
The victim ultimately manages to break the bottle and run away.
That clip also drew overwhelmingly favorable comments from viewers.
In another torturing case of a gay teen that went viral via video, the victim (pictured here on the floor before his kidnappers) has apparently died of his injuries, according to a story reported by The Gaily Grind.