Gay Russian protesters attacked, police do nothing (video)

As is typical with the Russian authorities, note how they do nothing at all to the guy who walks up and basically punches a gay protester in the face with a pie.  This wasn’t just a pie in the face, it was a punch in the face.  And the police do nothing in response except take the protester to jail. (Video below.)

The National Cathedral of St. Petersburg posted the video, and called the protester, from the Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality, a “foreign agent.” That’s a cute term the Russians, like their Soviet predecessors, like to use for anyone who’s in favor of human rights. The Cathedral also called the protester a “pervert.”

In a separate incident, activists from the same pro-gay group were attacked while, again, police nearby did nothing.

Here is the protester, Danya Grachev, right before he was punched in the face with the pie (you have to watch the video, below, it was a punch).

Danya Grachev of the Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality protesting St. Petersburg moments before being attacked.

Danya Grachev of the Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality protesting St. Petersburg moments before being attacked.

This is the same young man who joined a group of young Russians in holding a nationwide event earlier this week in which they thanked the international community for coming to the aid of Russia’s embattled LGBT community.  Here was Danya’s photo that I posted in that earlier story:


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67 Responses to “Gay Russian protesters attacked, police do nothing (video)”

  1. Notquite Archimedes says:

    One of the most disgusting things about Russian culture is the number of emails sent from whores there. But they’re much less disgusting than the men who want mail order whores. You, Jay, are in a league of your own for wanting to whore out a political refugee. Is that clear?

  2. Bobby Rossy says:

    Putin should be tried for crimes against humanity.

  3. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    I hate to be the one saying this, but that is heteronormative thinking. I was happily married, but I see nothing wrong with my friends who feel they can live happily with a variety of guys entering and departing their lives Besides, do you really think that there is no such thing as a promiscuous straight man?

    I thought my husband was gorgeous, but that is not why I decided to live with him.

  4. JayRandal says:

    Spunky – WOW who are you to judge me guy? It is guys like you who bring bad name on Gays. I believe in Gays getting married not being promiscuous. I guess according to you nobody should say some guy is cute or handsome?
    Whatever dude.

  5. spunky says:

    Posts like the one JayRandal give does nothing to help the GLBT community or cause. He sounds like a gay dude only caring about someones looks. How sad is that!

  6. JayRandal says:

    LOL your comment is creepy so whatever floats your boat guy.

  7. FieryLocks says:

    Russia, once a shit hole always a shit hole.

  8. Rob Dowdy says:

    Just remember, for a very long time now the Russian people have had a very different kind of experience in their day to day lives than we in the West. What they have been shown and allowed to learn about the world has been tightly controlled and brilliantly interwoven with propaganda for many decades. To whatever extent the press here is compromised it is much worse there.

    Perceptually, the world we live in and the world they live in are two very different places. Ignorance is no crime, especially when it is being forced on you from above and you may not even know it. Leaders throughout history have used just those tools to distort the views and prey on the fears of the masses to whip them into frenzies of hatred and violence. Not all those people were evil, they were merely tools of it.

  9. Rob Dowdy says:

    Every Russia thread becomes your playground, doesn’t it?

    Posting pictures of corpses in response to pretty much everything doesn’t make you right, it just makes you an asshole, just like those anti-choice morons plastering dissected fetuses all over the place.

  10. Rob Dowdy says:

    That’s borderline creepy. I’m not sure which side of the border …

  11. JayRandal says:

    Yuck on me or yuck on Grachev? I think the Russian guy is good looking. Not fat or homely or twinky. If he keeps protesting openly in Russia somebody’s going to beat him
    up. Hence he should come to US or go to Europe to live. I have a big house in Georgia so I would take in a Russian Gay guy especially handsome one like Grachev.

  12. FLL says:

    Excellent article that you linked to back on August 20 about straight allies in Russia fighting for gay rights. I’m sure that will become common in Russia, just as it is in the U.S. now:

  13. karmanot says:

    Thank you anon. Nazi down voters.

  14. mike31c says:

    These people needs to start arming themselves and defending themselves. And if you accidentally burn down the houses and churches of these bigots, more power to them!

  15. ptpress says:

    Danya is not the only one who experienced this kind of treatment from those who opposing his belief. There are many like him all over the world. I think Danya knows that as well. I just hope he’ll be more prepared and able to take care of that in the future.

    physical therapy business

  16. JayRandal says:

    John – you should lobby somebody in Congress to get Danya Grachev out of Russia before he gets
    severely injured or killed. Call it a touche asylum here in US to balance out Snowden asylum in Russia.

  17. JayRandal says:

    Danya Grachev is a good looking Russian guy. He should depart Russia before some homophobes
    beat him up marring his face or kill him. He is welcome to come live with me I am looking for a partner.

  18. Tom in Lazybrook says:

    John, I think it might be useful to start listing these attacks and posting the police response to them on a sticky page on your domain so that you can link back to it so that people can see the totality of Russia’s brutal treatment of its LGBT population and the Russian authorities refusal to even pretend to do anything to prosecute those responsible. That way, there could be an easy listing so that everyone can see the totality of the problem. I suggest you categorize the attacks as follows:

    1) Major Felonies – Murder, Kidnapping, Aggravated Sexual Assault. Objective – Show Russia is a DANGEROUS place for Gay persons, and that the violence appears to be occurring with the consent of/negligence by the Russian authorities. Examples would include: The youtube beatings by Occupy Pedophilia etc.

    2) Simple Assault – Reinforces number 1. Examples would include:
    Today’s story as well.

    3) Attacks on LGBT Russians in a private setting. Objective, to debunk the Russian PR statement that Gays are free to exist in private. Examples would include: and and

    4) Denials of basic freedoms of petition, protest, assembly, association, expression, speech, press, religion, and due process. Objective, to show Russia violates its OWN laws and its obligations under multiple articles under the ECHR treaty that they voluntarily signed and to show that Russian assurances of good behavior cannot be trusted. Examples would include: The Pride bans, the bans on public speech in the run up to the passing of the anti-Gay law, and multiple other cases.

  19. Bill_Perdue says:

    No problem. it’s easy to misinterpret on the internet when sitting across a table gestures make everything perfectly clear.

  20. I didn’t think you were criticizing. I guess I was just joking then you got serious, and I thought you misinterpreted me. No harm done.

  21. FLL says:

    Thank you for your link. I made use of it.

  22. karmanot says:

    Romney lost the election, remember?

  23. Thom Allen says:

    Ah, this is the Russia that will be safe for and welcoming to all who attend the Games. Unless the vigilantes don’t like you. Or the police. Or the Duma. Or the Orthodox. Or the . . .

  24. Bill_Perdue says:

    I wasn’t criticizing you. I guess I didn’t make my agreement clear. Or you’re touchy, or something.

  25. StraightGrandmother says:

    “not the evil dictator we have seen lately .”
    I’m going to go with evil dictator.

  26. Bill_Perdue says:


  27. Bill_Perdue says:

    The only difference is that Romney is an inept liar, well, an inept everything, and Obama is an accomplished liar.

  28. Bill_Perdue says:

    LBJ and Nixon murdered over a million Vietnamese, Clinton murdered half a million Iraqi children, Bush2 murdered another million Iraqis and Obama is or did commit mass murder in Libya, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen and want to extend those wars of aggression to Syria and Iran, and he pays for mass murder in Egypt, Palestine and a dozen other countries/

    Obama and Democrats are the enemies of world peace and so are Republicans.

    below Fallujah, Cairo, US troops in Afghanistan

  29. DCM70508 says:

    There’s still time to sign the petition called “International Olympics Committee : Elect a New IOC President that Actively Condemns Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws” at

  30. Strepsi says:

    YES. Who just did speaking tours of Uganda and Russia? Scott Lively. Who did the Russian DUMA quote? The Witherspoon Institute’s Regnerus Study. Who is behind the European backers of Russia? Jim De Mint.

    American Evangelicals are awful. And, of course, un-Christ-ian.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Sadly, many who have contacted them triggered an automatic response through their website. Ask to speak with a rep on the phone, if anything.

  32. Tom in Lazybrook says:

    I think we should ask Coca-Cola, P&G, Visa, and Samsung to comment on their support of this regime.

  33. SomeYankInRio says:

    so how do we focus on getting the US govt to grant asylum for the ones who want to leave? Haven’t they introduced a bill now to remove children – adopted or biological – from gay parents? (@karmanot – not a troll at all, just get annoyed when a totally wrong powerful word is used. for me it weakens the message)

  34. Mighty says:

    We are going to have to realize we are fighting proxy wars with religious right in this country in other countries. They are losing the war here so they are going elsewhere and spreading their hate and pseudo science elsewhere to turn other governments into their hate proxies. We have to start mobilizing more globally.

  35. Anonymous says:

    You’re right, before we had protection for LGBT people America was the same.

  36. Mighty says:

    No our anti-gay Christians would love to be doing this. They support Putin’s Pogrom.

  37. Mighty says:

    They don’t even respect their own laws yet want us to respect their anti-gay pogrom. Hitler would be so proud of Russia.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Romney would have been better?

  39. Timmybear says:

    I’ve tried that. I’ve received no reply at all. In fact, I’ve had no reply at all from my MP or the Canadian Government, not even a ‘thank you for your letter’.

  40. Timmybear says:

    Why is it remarkable? It’s what people should be doing. Gay people cannot, by themselves, effect social change. In fact, some of the fiercest warriors for gay rights I know have been straight, because they know it’s important. A lot of gay people are depressingly apathetic, or think that things like gay marriage are the end goal (and I speak as a queer person).

  41. karmanot says:

    There is a case for all those who voted for Obama. German’s will forever carry the genocidal specters of tortured and murdered millions.

  42. chris10858 says:

    We need to get Obama Administration to offer political or even human rights refugee status to Russian LGBT citizens. It’ll be a slap in the face for Putin and will help bring LGBT people here to America to safety.

  43. karmanot says:

    The Russians are now too provincial and regressive to entertain civilized nations.

  44. nicho says:

    It’s like blaming all Americans for the war crimes committed by Obama.

  45. nicho says:

    So are Americans. Maybe we should invade ourselves. ;-)

  46. Anonymous says:

    They are $ellouts. They don’t mind when foreigners are Olympic athletes, spectators, or famous musicians.

  47. Anonymous says:

    Well, I don’t hate Danya.

  48. Michael Petrelis says:

    Gay activists will be holding a vigil outside the War Memorial Opera
    House tonight here in SF at 7 pm, to show solidarity with LGBT Russians.
    We have the endorsement of diva lesbian couple Patricia Racette and
    Beth Clayton, and Racette is performing tonight. More info here:

  49. Anonymous says:

    I heard that Danya is straight, but putting himself on the line regardless

  50. PeteWa says:

    I thought it was very clear.

  51. Luke James says:

    5 – 7 % of all Russian’s are of non traditional sexuality ( lgbti ) according to a member of the Duma who helped pass the recent anti lgbti law’s. Who represents this group in the Duma ( congress ), the vote for these anti lgbti laws was 100 % . What happened to the 5 – 7 % who should be representing the lgbti Russian’s ? . President Putin has said he will meet with homo group’s for ” talk’s “, we can only hope that he is really a good man at heart and not the evil dictator we have seen lately .

  52. Anonymous says:

    Wow! Their Christians are more violent than ours.

  53. I guess I didn’t make my sarcasm clear enough.

  54. Bill_Perdue says:

    The oppression will continue to spiral as long as it’s endorsed by cult and political leaders like it is in New York, Kampala, Baghdad and Tehran.

  55. Bill_Perdue says:

    Yes they are, or at least some Russians like Putin and the orthodox cults, and no we shouldn’t invade anyone. The US should withdraw all it troops, including mercenary troops and it’s legion of CIA torturers, kidnappers and murderers and it’s air and sea fleets to home bases in the continental US.

    Then they can invade New York City and arrest those who promote anti-gay hatred like Diaz Sr, archscumbag Dolan and other Democrats, Republicans and cult leaders who embolden and enable the thugs who kill, kidnap and torture, and beat LGBT folks in that city.

  56. jomicur says:

    My admiration for our brave Russian brothers and sisters grows every day. There’s no reason to think it will ever reach a limit of any kind.

  57. REALrenovato says:

    Danya Grachev – its in the caption under the top photograph!

  58. Bill_Perdue says:

    Make that Putin, United Russia and the cults and you’d be right but if you keep saying all Russians this and all Russians that you’re not being accurate. Millions of Russians are gay and millions more oppose Putin and his base, gangster capitalist, from the left.

  59. The Russians are torturing and killing their own citizens. Should we invade?

  60. Badgerite says:

    Do you know his name? Maybe someone should start contacting the Russian embassy in protest every time anyone lays a hand on him or anyone else openly demonstrating.

  61. Monoceros Forth says:

    Not the first time that Russian authorities have suggested that GLBT protestors have been bought off with foreign money. Underlying the gay-bashing is a upwelling of nativism and xenophobia.

    And, you know, if the Russians really are afraid of all these supposed foreign infiltrators, why do they want a bunch of foreigners running around their country when the Olympics come to town? Hell, cancelling the games would be a favor to them.

  62. pappyvet says:

    It’s an outrage and yet one more stain on the term “humanity.”

  63. StraightGrandmother says:

    Jesus. Damn. Brave young man.
    The Russians have accomplished something, they have succeeded in becoming HATED.

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