Russian gay activist Alexeyev has no memory of quitting LGBT movement 4 days ago

In a bizarre development to an already strange story, Russian LGBT activist Nikolai Alexeyev now appears to have no memory of his erratic behavior of the past two weeks, specifically his Twitter announcement last Wednesday that he was quitting gay advocacy all together.

International concern about Alexeyev’s well-being raised to a fever pitch this week as his Facebook page and Twitter account became filled with an ongoing series of anti-American, anti-gay, and then finally anti-Semitic posts and tweets.  At one point, Alexeyev even published a Facebook post titled “Kidnapped,” along with three photos of himself, two partly naked and one completely naked from behind, seemingly intended to suggest that he had been abducted.

The apparent social media meltdown raised to a fever pitch this week after Alexeyev’s erratic behavior was criticized by former Russian emigre Michael Lucas, who is himself Jewish.  In response, Alexeyev retweeted a series of comments calling Lucas’s editor, who is not Jewish, a “jewish pig” and “israeli monkey,” and gay publication OUT magazine, which published Lucas’ op ed, a “jewish slut magazine that supports jews and their filthy faggotry propaganda.” (sic)  Alexeyev also repeatedly used the word “kike” in both English and Russian.


But it didn’t stop there.

On Friday, two days ago, Alexeyev again posted about Lucas, this time suggesting that Lucas’ support for an international boycott of Russian vodka (taken in response to Russia’s crackdown on its gay and trans citizens) was motivated by a desire to promote “Jewish vodka,” which Alexeyev says is distilled and purified through Jewish sperm.



At the same time, Alexeyev threatened to hire a “contract killer to kill” Lucas, which, oddly, did not lead Twitter to close Alexeyev’s account:


Next, in a seemingly endless series of Tweets, Alexeyev repeatedly declared that he had quit the LGBT rights movement entirely, as a result of the one critical article:

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But then, in an appearance on a Kremlin-financed propaganda network last night, Alexeyev was asked about his departure from gay politics, and suggested that his resignation was a lie cooked up by “tabloids.”

NIKOLAI ALEXEYEV: First of all, I wanted to, you said that I’m going to resign.  I’m not going to resign anywhere.  I have so many cases pending at the European Court of Human Rights on violence against…

PRESENTER: But what about your position at the moment? Did you not publicly resign from Moscow Pride?

NIKOLAI ALEXEYEV: No, I’m not resigning anywhere. It’s clear that I’m going to continue my fight, and that’s what I’m doing for the last eight years, so….

PRESENTER: Why have we been misled by that? Why has it been indeed in the Moscow papers?

NIKOLAI ALEXEYEV: I think tabloids have to discuss something. That’s what they have been discussing for the last days, that I was hijacked, that I was tortured, that I have been harassed by everyone and so on.

In fact, it was a statement that Alexeyev himself posted repeatedly on Twitter.  Many of Alexeyev’s Facebook followers, who had read Alexeyev’s tweets resigning his leadership post, were visibly befuddled by the new denials.  They were equally confused by Alexeyev’s subsequent response, that perhaps his Facebook profile is not really him at all (which would then make the profile subject to a Facebook take-down order).


In fact, Facebook requires users to be who they say they are, or the account is closed.

Alexeyev also made clear during the appearance on the Kremlin-network that his erratic online behavior of the past two weeks was not in response to any Kremlin coercion, as previous thought.

Alexeyev has yet to respond to outrage over his recent anti-Semitic rants, which come on the heels of earlier concerns about his apparent anti-Semitism.  Even stranger, an international human rights organization, Human Rights First, has now invited Alexeyev to keynote a public conference call the organization is holding this coming Tuesday.  The invitation from Human Rights First came immediately after Alexeyev had called OUT magazine a “jewish slut magazine that supports jews and their filthy faggotry propaganda,” and right before he called Lucas a “jewish pig” and “israeli monkey.”

One wonders whether Human Rights First would have chosen to elevate someone who had made similar bigoted comments about, say, African-Americans.

For example, had Alexeyev tweeted the following, would he still have received an invitation from an international human rights group the next day:

– Calling Ebony a “black slut magazine that supports blacks and their filthy n*ggery propaganda.”

– And calling a black writer a “black pig” and “African monkey.”

And, if within hours of the invite, Alexeyev had suggested that African-Americans make vodka from their own semen, would he still be keynoting Tuesday’s “human rights” conference call?

I have my doubts.

Sadly, as a non-Jew, I’ve come to realize that there’s a double standard in some human rights circles for anti-semitism.  Being a racist would rightly get you banned from further contention as a human rights leader, regardless of how much good you’d done before.  (And likely being a homophobe would ban you as well.)

But when the victims are Jews, it seems that Human Rights First puts human rights second.

Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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82 Responses to “Russian gay activist Alexeyev has no memory of quitting LGBT movement 4 days ago”

  1. karmanot says:

    Same as yours I suspect—human rights should be universal and upheld as priorities in just and civil societies.

  2. grayzip says:

    The underlying question is straightforward enough: How should those of us fighting for international LGBT equality respond when an LGBT-hostile society/nation evinces other widespread bigotries as well, even amongst its LGBT population?

    What’s your take?

  3. karmanot says:

    “but what other options are there?” No doubt you will be the first to inform us once your crystallization is complete.

  4. karmanot says:


  5. grayzip says:

    Interesting. All that makes sense on a point-by-point basis and even resonates with me on a gut level. May I suggest however that bringing the Nazis into it, not to beat a dead horse, miiiight be a sign of a certain intellectual brittleness creeping into things?

    Because you are right that not everyone there is going to be anti-Semitic, racist, etc. And I think we can absolutely agree that the global face of Russian LGBT equality should absolutely not be a person who harbors such views. However the fact that it sorta is/was is likely a canary in the coalmine here. This guy is loopy, but are his bigotries a symptom of his loopiness or his being, in respects other than his sexuality, a part of his given society? I’m guessing the latter, and that the fact that he heard no alarm claxons go off before expressing such views indicates an expectation they would fall on sympathetic domestic ears.

    Which puts us in dicey territory. How many of the men in those urine-pouring beating videos harbor anti-Semitic views? A third? Are we upset about them or just the others? Do we hope that only progressive-minded LGBTers aren’t imprisoned for “propaganda” or all of them?

    My position on this is starting to crystalize. I think we are going to find ourselves in many like circumstances, because a country that is behind our times on matters LGBT are often going to also be behind our times on feminism, race equality, you name it. Unless we want to replay a loop of “we’re-here-to-help, wait-yuck, never-mind” we need a game plan. Which should be an all-points assault. The LGBT activists work their angle, race equality activists work theirs, etc. in tandem with the umbrella goal of bringing for instance the Russian people ideologically into the modern era. I’m not saying it will always be pretty but what other options are there?

  6. grayzip says:

    Congrats on moving on from “troll!” Dan Choi’s mental health issues and even diagnoses are part of the public record; my point was not about him specifically but did mean to suggest we should not let such matters diminish our appreciation for any good works done. I don’t know if there is a connection between mental illness and activism, there are just a lot of anecdotal examples of the two coexisting

  7. karmanot says:

    I saw it somewhere on a twitter feed.

  8. karmanot says:

    It might be instructive that Diogenes was also noted for defecating in public to garner attention.

  9. karmanot says:

    You make some some good points, but your fatuous opinions and arm chair psychoanalysis about heroes like Dan Choi are disgusting. If you have served as did Choi, then get back to us about your simpering PTSD opinions.

  10. Where wsa the n-word used?

  11. IT’s a very good question. And perhaps the answer to your last question is “yes.” Would we really want to help gay Gestapo get their equal rights in Germany, so they could be out and proud when gassing the Jews? Doubtful. It’s one thing to harbor bigoted sentiments – we probably all have some internal failings on that account to some degree – it’s another to be out and proud about your discriminatory imperfections. If a human rights advocate is openly homophobic, racist, or anti-semitic, then no I don’t think I’d work with him. I think we risk playing a bit of a moral scapegoating game by arguing that “oh you know those russians, they’re all f’g bigots anyway, so we have no choice but to work with someone who hates jews.” Not to mention, which human right takes precedence over the other when dealing with these guys? Do we embrace Jew-haters to help advance gay rights? Gay haters to advance racial equality? I really do think it’s an excellent question. I’m just not sure I buy the premise that the country (ies) is so abominably racist that Diogenes with his pink lamp couldn’t find a non-racist man.

  12. grayzip says:

    Anti-establishment activists seem to have a propensity for mental illnesses/pathologies. Dan Choi, Julian Assange, the KONY guy, this guy (meaning no equivalencies between those four.) It makes sense that people who adopt stances in opposition to powerful governments and even their societies at large would often be working through personal issues as well as the political one at hand. It also makes sense that such individuals would not necessarily be able to take the pressure they bring upon themselves through their activism. Some engender more sympathy than others but it’s probably worth cutting all of them some slack if only because a lot of the times before their breakdowns they were doing good work no one else was gonzo enough to take on.

    In terms of Alexeyev and his anti-Semitism and racism, hoy buy. I mean, no question it’s awful. I’m not sure what to do about it and him in particular. But I think these conundrums are going to come up a LOT in the next era of LGBT equality activism. It’s gone global, and not always in encouraging ways. It was hard to read the Aug 19 NY Times front-pager “China Takes Aim at Western Ideas” without hearing echoes of Putin and Russia, even if the content didn’t hone in on LGBTers explicitly. Do we have any doubt where they would stand if pressed? Meanwhile Martin Jaques writes in “When China Rules the World” of the shockingly overt racism he’s observed in China when it comes to people of color. He attributes it to the extremely homogenous makeup of the population, and Russia is similarly not exactly a melting pot. And then there will be India and on and on. What is our game plan going to be when fighting for the rights of international LGBT populations who may themselves hold odious views about *other* minority populations? For instance, are we only for the equality of non-racist, non-anti-Semitic Russian LGBT-ers? Like I said, I think this is going to come up a lot.

  13. karmanot says:

    Apparently he’s also a racist ie. the ‘N’ word.

  14. FLL says:

    I guess I was thinking of Putin’s present-day incarnation. I sometimes forget his Soviet days. Yes, as far as the chicken and the egg, Soviet-era Putin came first and Fox News came after.

  15. The Soviets did this trick first, in fact. Vladimir Posner, putatively Jewish, putatively American (IMHO), was their mouthpiece on TV in the states for years. It’s a smart propaganda trick, though it’s interesting that they couldn’t find actual Russians to try to sell Russia to the world. Then again, if you’re a gay Russian TV anchor, you get fired :)

  16. I’ve learned from well from the Republicans and from the Soviets. You don’t win by making a point once, you win by making it again and again and again. The fact that a big human rights group is embracing an anti-semite is a hugely important deal.

  17. And a lot of us have challenged them too over the years.

  18. Google him, he was “the” gay activist in Russia for several years. Now there are many more activists, and I suspect that’s a sore point after it’s been just you all these years. It probably hasn’t helped that he was opposed to the Russian vodka boycott from the beginning, and then the boycott worked by exploding the story internationally with the help of 36 Russian LGBT activists who were willing to help. All of that likely comes into play with everything that’s been happening the past few weeks.

  19. Mike in Houston says:

    Was / is he truly an LGBT activist or just a fame whore from crazy-town? What were his credentials prior to this sorry mess?

  20. Though I will say, the Russian govt has been just awful in how they’ve handled all of this. And Alexeyev hasn’t been any better. The entire thing has been incredibly sophomoric all around. The Soviets knew propaganda. These guys, not so much.

  21. Nuh uh, the Soviets taught Fox :)

  22. FLL says:

    It’s entirely possible that he’s a liar. And Michael Lucas might have stumbled onto his motive in his recent article by suggesting that Alexeyev is being bribed by the Kremlin.

  23. Thom Allen says:

    What I meant was that he seems to be mocking everyone in that he says he (or others) could post as Alexeyev or Aleseev and no one would know unless HE, the real Alexeyev, deigned to let us know.

  24. FLL says:

    That’s right. The newspapers in Russia always include that disclaimer with gay-related articles. Russia Today, reporting from Moscow, seems to be flouting the law by broadcasting video with pictures of gay rights demonstrators and rainbow flags, all of which could be seen on TV by children. Another example of the hypocritical enforcement of this law. As a Kremlin mouthpiece, Russia Today is obviously exempt from enforcement of the law.

  25. It’s also possible he’s a liar. And he thinks we’re all fools.

  26. I doubt it. He’s been abroad many times. They don’t need to have him on a conference call to get him out of the country. I’m increasingly suspecting he’s enjoying getting away with being a raging anti-semite, and groups like Human Rights First are proving that anti-semitism isn’t “real” civil rights. It’s pretty sickening all the way around.

  27. Thom Allen says:

    If they’re discussing a “Rainbow Issue” on a broadcast from the screen cap above, shouldn’t there be a disclaimer warning that it might not be suitable for Russian children?

  28. BeccaM says:

    It wouldn’t surprise me if you (and Lucas) were right.

  29. I’m at a loss. It’s all very strange.

  30. FLL says:

    His Tweets and Facebook posts are undoubtedly his own. The only issue left is coercion, but in agreement with what John mentioned below, I’m less and less inclined to think he was coerced. Watch his demeanor in the Russia Today segment. He’s just so jolly. His doesn’t act like someone who has a gun to their head at all. A more likely scenario is one that was offered by Michael Lucas in his article in Out (link here), which may be why it triggered a temper tantrum on the part of Alexeyev (because it’s so accurate):

    “Or perhaps he was simply bought off. It is amazing, in modern Russia, what money can buy.”

    I understand that Alexeyev always spends part of the year in Switzerland, so it seems that in an emergency, he could escape Russia (even with his mother) if necessary. I’m really beginning to discount coercion and coming to agree with Lucas’ theory of bribery. After all, a telltale sign of guilt is a temper tantrum aimed at the person who guessed the right answer, which in this case was Michael Lucas.

  31. BeccaM says:

    What I find interesting is the one thing in common between what he’s saying on TV -and- in his Twitter/FB feeds: “Ha ha ha, you’ll never know if it’s really me.”

    I find that particular detail rather revelatory. It was also the moment that, for me, caused me to conclusively discount the theories that his social media accounts were fake or hacked as nonsense.

    He’s also an idiot if he thinks Tweets and Facebook posts can’t be tracked by IP, even through proxies.

  32. TampaZeke says:

    Homophobia has never disqualified anyone from claiming to be human rights and civil rights activists. There are MANY “civil rights activists” who campaign vigorously and proudly against gay rights and marriage equality.

  33. BeccaM says:

    Or there’s no memory loss and he’s just a liar.

  34. BeccaM says:

    Know for sure? We don’t.

    But most normal folks, when someone has been impersonating them and pretending the person is an out-of-control death-threatening anti-Semite would have something to say about it.

    It’s the pathological who try to convince the entire world that the ravings never happened at all.

  35. BeccaM says:

    I don’t think so. I think he’s mocking people’s gullibility.

  36. karmanot says:

    Thank you….exactly so!

  37. karmanot says:

    Suggestion: Enough already of this piss-ant drama queen.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Nope not necessarily. I’ve known people who had them

  39. BeccaM says:

    Yep. In a nutshell.

  40. StraightGrandmother says:

    More and more like a MEAN DRUNK.

  41. FLL says:

    Putin would only be interested in the public-relations tactics that Fox News uses. Public relations is about the only thing he never studied in depth as head of the KGB. Other than that, I agree that the KGB is the perfect place to master coercive tactics, and as the KGB head, Putin certainly became an expert at those tactics.

  42. StraightGrandmother says:

    But then (after a psychotic break) when you find out what you did, you are ashamed and remorseful. Unlike a MEAN DRUNK who wakes up the next day defiant as ever.

  43. Houndentenor says:

    Putin is the former head of the KGB. He has real tactics not the pissant joke that is Fox News. I don’t know what is going on with this particular activist, but there is a long history of Russians being strongarmed by their government into making statements and trying desperately to communicate in some way that they didn’t really mean it. Shostakovich comes to mind.

  44. FLL says:

    Exactly. Whenever social networking accounts are hacked, the victim immediately alerts the world to the fact. That’s what everyone does, unless, of course, the person was not the victim of hacking in the first place.

  45. Anonymous says:

    I agree

  46. Anonymous says:

    Lol. I especially like their attempts at appearing “hip” and “modern.” Like having young, expat gay reporters. Reminds me of Fox News “token” mouthpieces.

  47. Anonymous says:

    If you have a psychotic episode, you experience memory loss. I believe this is what really happened.

  48. FLL says:

    I’ll bet Putin watches Fox News in order to copy their techniques.

  49. Elle says:

    He’s under the influence, but not of alcohol or other drugs, but of his government.

    He’s trying to drop as many (yes, nutty) clues as he can, while not being too obvious in the eyes of his watchers.

    Human Rights First caught on, and is trying to get him out. Hopefully he’ll be able to clear all of that up eventually. If not, they will have gotten to him and/or his family.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Don’t worry, we all know these tricks. We’ve seen Fox News.

  51. Anonymous says:

    He did say on his page “I never said I was leaving.” Is it possible he has no memory of that? I think he may really have had some type of psychotic break. This is not normal. But whatever the case, we saw his true self, just that he doesn’t remember.

  52. FLL says:

    Thank you for including the YouTube link (here) to Alexeyev’s August 31 appearance on Russia Today. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by some of the nonsense in this Russia Today segment. (My own comments are in boldface.) One of the hosts started the segment off with a bang with this observation:

    [At the 7:03 mark] “In the U.S., for example, sexual orientation ranks as the third highest motivator for hate crime incidents after race-based and religion-based attacks.” (He then goes on to quote further statistics for New York and Britain.)
        I’m flabbergasted that this host has the nerve to cite hate-crime statistics from the West. He’s able to do this because Western countries have the decency to keep track of hate crimes based on sexual orientation. The Russian government couldn’t give a rat’s ass how many anti-gay hate crimes there are, doesn’t keep track of them, and so the world public just doesn’t know how many there are.

    When asked about the veracity of his recent posts on social media, Alexeyev the plays a shell game with us:

    [At the 8:04 mark] “The tabloids have to discuss something…” Alexeyev then mocks the suggestion that “I was hijacked, I was tortured…”
        Now let’s review this amazing exchange on Facebook that John quoted above:
    Alexeyev: “Are you claiming these words were written by Nikolay Alexseev? Or maybe Nikolai Alexeyev? Or Nikolay Alexeyev like the European Court judged?”
    Axel Maler: “This is going nowhere…”
    Alexeyev: “You will never find truth on the Internet. As Russian prosecution now struggles to prove the twitter I am using is mine, in the same way you will never know whose this Facebook is…I can tell you Yes or No and it will mean nothing cause you will never prove it is me.”
        So Alexeyev is telling us, “You’ll never know whether those posts were mine because I’m never going to tell you. Bwa-ha-haaaa!” This silly shell game is beyond ridiculous. And then the following astounding statements by Alexeyev:
    [At the 11:18 mark] “Legal implications, I can tell you, this law is not applied in practice…The regional laws, which are absolutely similar to the federal one, are not applied in practice.”
        The world public sees these laws being put into practice on video, which is part of the public record. After that, Alexeyev poses a question:
    [At the 16:03 mark] “Why am I not running abroad? Why am I not in New York? Why am I not in London?”
        Because you’ve become a mouthpiece for the Kremlin, which they very much appreciate, and because Putin finds it useful to use you to play his shell game with the media and public in Western countries. That’s why you’re still in Russia. And finally, the new team of Alexeyev and Putin play the ultimate shell game with Westerners:
    [At the 18:15 mark] Alexeyev: “What we want to do is organize the Sochi Pride…and that’s what we’re going to do on the 26th of September.”
        This is an obvious ruse to dupe Westerners into stopping actions in the West aimed at Russia by telling them, “Let us handle this on our own.” Alexeyev knows full well that Putin just passed a law making any protests in Sochi during January through March illegal and the equivalent of terrorism. This is a shell game that Alexeyev and Putin are playing with you. Don’t fall for it.

  53. BeccaM says:

    C’mon folks, let’s apply a little common sense here. Plus I urge you all to trust your own judgment and memory, and ask that you apply some healthy skepticism as well.

    If you found out that someone was impersonating you on the Internet, ruining your reputation, saying false things about you while purporting to be you, making it seem like you were mentally unstable and a bigot of some kind or other (in this instance, anti-Semitic), and you were given a chance to appear on some national TV program, what is the first thing you would say? If you heard someone had issued a death threat in your name — how would you respond?

    Would it be, “Oh, those crazy tabloids, they have to say something”? Or would it be, “Those Twitter and Facebook accounts are a fraud. They were never mine. Don’t listen to anything coming from them.” Or, “Yes, they were my accounts, but they’ve been hacked and I haven’t had access in nearly weeks. I’ve heard that a death threat was made against Michael Lucas — I assure you, that was not me, and although I have my differences with Mr. Lucas and his reporting, I hope someone tells him what happened.”

    Or, if your accounts were hacked and all kinds of crazy shit posted under your name, what would you do immediately upon recovering those accounts? “I’m sorry folks, that wasn’t me. From X-date to Y-date, everything you saw wasn’t me at all. Let me assure you my positions on A, B, and C have not changed one iota. Plus I would never advocate anybody being killed or say anti-Jewish things.”

    Or would you get all coy and too-clever-by-half and taunt people as to whether it’s really you or not.

    In other words, you wouldn’t just blithely dismiss all the places where the alleged disinformation had been reported, you would disavow the disinformation itself and the sources of it.

    Which he has yet to do. In fact, he went out of his way to dismiss claims that any of his social media accounts had been hijacked, or that he’d been coerced or tortured, affirming that the accounts in question are actually his and have been under his control the entire time.

    For those who want to suggest that his RT appearance was the result of gov’t coercion, I ask this: Why then did he express pro-gay views and positions? And talk about the pending human rights cases, as if they have merit and substance and need to be pursued? If he was now a government puppet, why didn’t he say, “Russian law and justice is more than enough to deal with these violence against gays cases. We don’t need the West or its puppet human rights courts.”

    I remain convinced he’s a mentally unstable out-of-control pathological narcissist. Not on drugs, not drunk, but mentally ill, and so full of himself right now, thriving from the attention — both positive and negative — that he believes he can say or do anything and get away with it because his supporters will always excuse his behavior, no matter how extreme or reprehensible. If he’s ‘drunk’ on anything, it’s the attention. He is an abuser.

    One of the absolutely classic behaviors of the abusive personality is to get those he abuses to doubt their own judgment, memory, and sense of reality. “I never hit you, honey. You tripped and hit the table — don’t you remember?” Only in this case it’s, “I don’t know where you got the idea I was going to quit the LGBT rights movement and ruin all those human rights cases.” “But you said–” “That’s ridiculous, I never said that.”

    By the way, it’s also a classic behavior of the abused: To try to find some convoluted way to believe what the abuser has been saying. “He didn’t do that — someone must’ve made him do it.”

    Sorry, been there, it’s way the f*ck too familiar to ignore at this point. It’s just a different context is all.

    Was there a raid on his apartment? Probably, seems like. But at this point, I think he simply worked that into his “persecution scenario.” (By the way, persecution scenarios are another classic abusive personality tactic, because it elicits sympathy.) A theory borne up, by the way, by the ‘Kidnapped!’ FB post. The abuser takes a real-world event and blows it up to epic proportions.

    People seem to be theorizing that because the police allegedly seized his computer and cell phone (how do we know for sure part this happened, by the way?), Alexeyev’s online accounts were all compromised. If your computer dies, does that mean you’ve lost your FB and Twitter accounts forever? No, you just input the passwords using a new computer and you’re good to go. In fact, you can go over to your neighbor’s house and use your social media accounts from there. You can tweet from a new phone. If you have learned there is someone out there impersonating you, the first thing you say to your friends and supporters: “Get the word out. That’s not me. Someone is trying to damage my credibility.”

    I have concluded he’s an utter fraud, an unstable abuser, and that trusting him with any kind of position of responsibility is an act of foolishness. Don’t trust him; trust yourselves.

  54. Bill_Perdue says:

    Some things never change.

  55. I don’t disagree. Something went terribly wrong these past two weeks. But it’s feeling less and less coercion.

  56. Monoceros Forth says:

    “Alexeyev” and “Alexeev” are both valid transliterations of his name, although “Alexeyev” is perhaps clearer in its pronunciation (cf. “Mendeleyev” vs. “Mendeleev”, both of which transliterations are used for the same man.)

  57. Fair enough. But he didn’t look poisoned on television last night. He looked sober. Not to say that he was drunk otherwise, but he was 100% normal on TV last night, and was 100% different from the person who has been posting bizarre things to social media, and in the Russian press. for going on two weeks now. I was willing to give him some time several days ago. His time is quickly running out as this is starting to appear to be who he is. An anti-semite, and not very stable.

  58. Oh! Ha, sorry – I was thought you were one of those “the boycott didn’t work” types ;-)

  59. StraightGrandmother says:

    Jim, none of us know for sure. The best we can do is based on our experience and in that, the older people have a greater depth of experience than younger people, the best we can do is make a educated guess.

    I have an uncle that has been permanently disabled due to mental problems and have been with him all of my life. People who have psychotic breaks come back wondering what happened and are remorseful, ashamed. This is why I say it is simply mean drunkenness rather than a psychotic break. Coming back after a psychotic break people are remorseful, ashamed and wondering what happened, and we are not seeing that in Alexeyev. My assessment is MEAN DRUNK.

  60. bandanajack says:

    sorry, i don’t think he has lost all credibility, i think rather he has been put on a hold until what is going on can be clarified. lets not be in such a rush to tear down a brave man who may well be being poisoned…

  61. If he was kidnapped, perhaps they threatened him that he would be kidnapped again (or killed) if he talked about it. I’m just not willing to make the leap to antisemitsim based off of not having any real facts as to what happened. Perhaps he is all those things you say, but a common double standard isn’t enough to convince me. Something seems off here, about the whole thing. It’s entirely shady and coming from a very corrupt place.

  62. jomicur says:

    In related news, the Guardian has a story confirming what most of us already knew, that anti-LGBT violence in Russia has risen, spurred by their damn law.

  63. Just an elbow says:

    Sorry. NO memory.

  64. StraightGrandmother says:

    Nope in fact I know one very high functioning alcoholic. Have known the guy for 20 years, he married a good friend of mine. It amazes me how he is able to function drunk.
    He is not a mean type of drunk though.

    But yes I have seen it, these really really smart people who are alcoholics. The mean ones I assume would output what we are seeing Alexeyev output in a state of drunkeness, including correct spelling. This friend of my husband’s & I keeps a bottle in his desk drawer at work, and has as he says, “Hair of the Dog that bit you” in the morning before he goes to work and goes on to work in a highly complex job that requires very high math calculations, trigonometry actually, but then will come home and drink until passed out. But until the moment of passing out is still highly functioning although all inhibitions are removed. He is actually kind of a loving drunk.

    But we have all seen in our lifetimes mean drunks also.

    People who are okay sober but when they get drunk the meanness comes out. People we don’t hang out with for very long.

  65. Just an elbow says:

    It would account for the memory loss. It was the thought I had when it said he has he memory,

  66. fletcher says:

    Remember when in the old Soviet Union anti-government activists were arrested and incarcerated in mental institutions. It is very likely this is more of the same with digital technology being used to make a key protester look mentally ill.

  67. I guess I was referring more to Russian LGBT activist Nikolai Alexeyev…

  68. RWG says:

    It’s Russia, so it’s always difficult to tell, but I’m inclined to think this is a Russian government black op against the country’s best known gay activist. If they can discredit him in the eyes of the world, he loses power and effectiveness. They specialize in exactly this sort of disinformation campaign. They’ve been doing it to dissidents since the 1920s.

  69. Actually a lot of places have boycotted. I’m in Paris and 3 top gay bars have the boycott signs up. And in any case, the boycott already served its main goal of taking an issue that was nowhere after two years and now it’s exploded around the world. As the Atlantic explains:

  70. Well, it appears that not everybody boycotted Russian Vodka…

  71. His name is spelled at least 3 different ways in English.

  72. You are joking. He mentioned on the tv show last night that the tabloids rumored he’d been kidnapped or coopted or whatever. He denied it all. I now think this is him, the real him, and he’s an anti-Semite and unstable.

  73. Thom Allen says:

    Drunk, underlying psychological disorder, stopped taking necessary psych meds, stunt, some combination of all, it’s irrelevant. He’s lost all credibility. Especially for using the anti-Jewish slurs, completely inappropriate for whatever reason. Also, with the “ownership” of his Twitter account questionable (it is Alexyev, “Alexeev,” some other persona, someone hacked into his account, anti-gay/anti-Jewish hackers, Russian police, whomever) we could never be sure who is posting.

  74. Dave of the Jungle says:


  75. How do you know for sure?

  76. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    I have yet to meet a drunk that can spell, and that includes me. In fact, my husband made a sign for me. It read, “Alcohol and the internet don’t mix.” I’m still holding out the possibility that he had a severe manic episode.

  77. Maybe he’s unaware. His account was hacked and no one has informed him?

  78. Skeptical Cicada says:

    He is bigoted, unstable, and unworthy of any further attention.

  79. Moderator3 says:

    I have yet to meet a drunk that can spell, and that includes me. In fact, my husband made a sign for me. It read, “Alcohol and the internet don’t mix.” I’m still holding out the possibility that he had a severe manic episode.

  80. StraightGrandmother says:

    I told you, he was drunk.
    Those were postings by a very smart person in a state of drunkenness.
    He sobers up and forgets what he did.

    What do they call that? Oh yes a blackout.
    A drunken blackout. Now he is trying to recoup and erase what he did when he was drunk.
    Since he doesn’t remember it, he wants everyone to forget it as well, like it didn’t happen.

    There is an old comedy routine about that, it goes something like, “But I was drunk, you know babe when you’re drunk it doesn’t count”
    His actions, the repeated attacks on Michael Lucas, the repeated postings one right after the other remind me of a person who is flat assed drunk.

    A highly intelligent high functioning person’s drunk ravings.
    Also quite a narcissist. A drunk narcissist who MUST have the spotlight on HIM and nobody else.
    Look, when he sobers up he is back to normal.

    No psychotic break, drunk, I’m telling you I am certain he was shitfaced drunk.
    This is why we see the cycles of lucidity, then craziness, then lucidity. In his sober moments he tries to backpedal and tries to recuperate for what he did when he was drunk. Then he starts heavily drinking again and we see his dark side, the side he hides while sober. Yes quite the narcissist.

  81. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    That made my head hurt. Could he perhaps be Bipolar 1. Weirder things have happened to people during a mania.

  82. Indigo says:

    What’s clear is that nothing is clear.

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