BBC documentary reveals state of homophobia in Russia
A new UK documentary has unveiled the enormity of the level of homophobia in Russia. Set to play host to the Olympics in less than a fortnight, Russia has been revealed as a place where violence and verbal abuse are commonplace for gay and lesbian people.
The documentary, The Hunted, will air on UK Channel 4 this week. It shows shocking acts of violence against LGBTI people by the hate groups Occupy Paedophilia and Parents of Russia.
The documentary was made by UK investigative journalist Liz Maclean who said all the groups filmed were aware they were taking part in a documentary and the majority believed they were righteous in their violent response to LGBTI people.
"We filmed these groups with their knowledge, and what I found shocking afterwards was that only a few asked to have their faces disguised. They all believe they are doing the right thing,” said Maclean
Tom Porter, the commissioning editor of the documentary, told The Guardian that Occupy Paedophilia deliberately blurs the lines between paedophilia and homosexuality.
"During one of the filmed incidents of humiliation, the group asked our cameraman and director Ben Steele to stop filming but he continued partly because he was concerned that if he stopped there would be violence," he said.
Watch a trailer for Channel 4's documentary The Hunted below: