Masked gunmen attack HIV clinic in Russia, beat woman with baseball bat, cops refuse to help

Russia’s descent into 1930s Germany continued unabated yesterday (Sunday) as masked gunmen broke into an HIV clinic in St. Petersburg, shot one man in the face (he still may lose his eye), then beat a young woman with a baseball bat.

When the Russian police showed up, they claimed to have found no evidence of a crime, and promptly left.


The attack came one day after St. Petersburg’s March Against Hate, whose slogan is “Russia without pogroms.”

As Anastasia Smirnova’s Facebook post notes, Russia has already had a problem with growing attacks on migrants and anyone considered to be “black,” and now the Russians are taking their bigoted aggression out on Russia’s gay and trans community.

More from Valery Sozaev, manager of the project LaSky-St.Petersburg, which runs the community center where the HIV clinic takes place:

At about 19.20 on Sunday, November 3, 2013 the “Rainbow Coffee-Party” traditionally held at the community center of the project LaSky-St.Petersburg was attacked by two assailants. They entered community center pretending to be “looking for a friend”. Then one of them pulled a pneumatic gun and opened fire while the other was brandishing a baseball bat.

Two persons were injured in the attack. A young man, who was shot in the face and has got a bullet stuck in his eye, was taken to the hospital. Doctors say his prognosis is not good – his injured eye will hardly be recovered. A second victim was a young lady who was injured by baseball bat.

Not that any of this is a surprise.  Russian President Putin made clear that gays were the new Jews, and as Guardian columnist Nancy Goldstein warned, a pogrom was just around the corner.  Well, it’s arrived. From Nancy:

Russian vigilantes show off a young gay boy they claim to have abducted and then doused with urine after entrapping him via a gay social media site. Reports from Russia suggest the boy may now be dead.

Russian vigilantes show off a young gay boy they claim to have abducted and then doused with urine after entrapping him via a gay social media site. Reports from Russia suggest the boy may now be dead.

Had Putin reignited Russia’s abuse of its Jewish citizens, it would have been unthinkable for the IOC to issue a statement suggesting that non-Russian Jewish athletes, pundits, and spectators could go have a blast in Sochi because we’d be spared the anti-Semitic violence sweeping the rest of the country. There’s just no way. The American Jewish community and the Obama administration would have (rightly) enacted trade sanctions instantly. There would have been no statement from the State Department like the one issued the same day as the IOC announcement saying that it does not support a boycott of the games.

So how does a pogrom against LGBT people and our allies pass muster in 2013?

It happens with our complicity.

Trans woman brutally beaten by Russian vigilantes, who filmed the attack and then posted it online.

Trans woman brutally beaten by Russian vigilantes, who filmed the attack and then posted it online.

Not only are the 2014 Winter Olympics taking place in Sochi, Russia, but American organizations like Princeton are actively courting business investment in Russia at a time when the world should be shunning this increasingly rogue state.  And companies like Coke, Visa and McDonald’s are happy to associate their brands with a country that shoots men in the eye and beats women with bats.

The violence against gays began long before this incident.  Groups of skinheads have organized nationwide and are kidnapping young gays, trying to “cure” them of their homosexuality by forcing them to drink urine and/or raping them with baseball bats.  So it’s not exactly a surprise that the tacitly sanctioned violence continues to grow.

It’s unclear why any business would want to invest in a country that isn’t safe for blacks and gays, for example.  Could you imagine an American company investing in a country where its own black and gay employees wouldn’t be safe?  Well, of course, you could.  We’ve done it before, as Nancy notes:

Russian vigilantes kidnap and attack a young gay Russian they first stalked on a local social media site.

Russian vigilantes kidnap and attack a young gay Russian they first stalked on a local social media site.

We’ve been here before. And we know the power of economic sanctions and boycotts. When Congress finally came around in 1986 and passed the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act (overriding President Ronald Reagan’s veto) that banned all new trade and investments in South Africa, other countries followed suit, South Africa’s economy went into free fall. Five years later, its Parliament voted to repeal the legal framework for apartheid.

I wish I could say that this is finally a wake up call for Visa, McDonald’s and Coke to stop sponsoring the hate.  But past is prologue, and if people didn’t blanche at holding the Olympics in Nazi Germany, it’s difficult to imagine that they’ll suddenly discover a conscience in Putin’s Russia.

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  2. karmanot says:

    I’m not convinced that they live in fear. I suspect they are sociopaths that feeling nothing but hate and are absent of moral direction.

  3. karmanot says:

    Shanita the Spamita.

  4. PeteWa says:

    just… wow.
    so much fail in your comments, and a complete lack of integrity and bravery.

  5. Namaste Anam says:

    I think I was wrong. You are still spreading misinformation. You are inciting people. You are not brave.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Extremists live in fear and demonize others. The more they are allowed to do so, the more they see their cowardly actions as justified.

  9. The_Fixer says:

    I have a few questions for Bryan Fisher and other so-called “Religious Leaders” who are cozying up to the Russians because of their recent anti-gay hate speech and hateful actions:

    Are the actions of the Russians and their police in concert with your idea of Christianity and being obedient to God’s Word©® ?

    So you feel that gay people deserve to be beaten and shot?

    Do you believe that the perpetrators of such actions should be prosecuted and punished for such heinous behaviour?

    Do you realize the import of your actions? Do you realize that Russians view this as tacit endorsement of violence? Do you realize the your supporters in this country are emboldened by your support of Russians who are engaged in crimes against humanity?

    Do you understand why we in the gay community are upset with you now?

    Will you be making a statement disavowing the actions of the Russian gangs, police and government?

    If Bryan Fisher and the others are silent on this issue, they are complicit in this horrendous abuse of people. If they’re really as religious as they say they are, they would understand that their God takes a very dim view of that.

  10. The_Fixer says:

    So…. even if a few facts are wrong, that makes it all OK?

    Please cite information that clearly shows there are errors in the account related above.

    It should be noted that even if this one account has some wrong details, we have plenty of other accounts coming out of Russia that are unambiguous. There are gangs that are beating LGBT people up and are not getting prosecuted for it. How do we know this? Simple – they’ve been kind enough to furnish video evidence of it. We do have interviews of Russian officials who clearly have endorsed these actions. And we have heard the pleas from LGBT people in Russia who have been on the receiving end of this pogrom.

    So don’t try and excuse the actions of these savages by claiming that a few details are not true. I think that is reprehensible, and you should be ashamed for even attempting to claim that this is all a big exaggeration.

  11. Bill_Perdue says:

    1) Roman cult leader Dolan is a swine and a bigot who’s weekly anti-GLBT sermons promote violence, just like those of metropolitan Kiril of the Russian orthodox cult.

    All over the US the police response to anti-gay violence is shameful.

    Diaz is an outlier like these people who have yet to apologize for voting for DOMA

    In the Senate

    Baucus, Max (Mont.)

    Biden, Joe (Del.) (Now Vice President)

    Harkin, Tom (Iowa)

    Leahy, Patrick (Vt.)

    Levin, Carl (Mich.)

    Mikulski, Barbara (Md.) (who should have know better, BP)

    Murray, Patty (Wash.)

    Reid, Harry (Nev.)

    Rockefeller, Jay (W. Va.)

    In the House of Representatives

    Hilliard, Earl (Ala.)

    Pastor, Ed (Ariz.)

    DeLauro, Rosa (Conn.)

    Brown, Corrine (Fla.)

    Bishop, Sanford (Fla.)

    Rush, Bobby (Ill.)

    Durbin, Richard (Ill.) (now senator)

    Visclosky, Peter (Ill.)

    Neal, Richard (Mass.)

    Cardin, Benjamin (Md.) (now senator)

    Hoyer, Steny (Md.)

    Cummings, Elijah (Md.)

    Levin, Sander (Mich.)

    Dingell, John (Mich.)

    Peterson, Collin (Minn.)

    Andrews, Rob (N.J.)

    Menéndez, Bob (N.J.) (now senator)

    Schumer, Charles (N.Y.) (now senator)

    Lowey, Nita (N.Y.)

    Kaptur, Marcy (Ohio)

    Blumenauer, Earl (Ore.)

    Doyle, Mike (Penn.)

    Reed, John (R.I.) (now senator)

    Clyburn, Jim (S.C.)

    Johnson, Tim (S.D.) (now senator)

    Hall, Ralph (Texas)

    Doggett, Lloyd (Texas)

    Green, Gene (Texas)

    Johnson, Eddie (Texas)

    Rahall, Nick (W. Va.)”

    From the libertarian blog Reason

    I think that you refuse to recognize that bigotry is just as strong in the US and and the EU, although it develops at a different pace, as it is in the former states of the USSR.

    Our job is oppose bigotry everywhere, not to make light of the outbreak of beatings, murders and kidnappings that go on in NYC.

  12. Tom in Lazybrook says:

    Ruben Diaz is an extreme outlier. The violence in St Petersburg, and the police’s non-response to it is commonplace and not analogous to NY. Regarding Cardinal Dolan, his response to Russia is more of a sin of omission than anything else. Other than some links to NOM and Austin Ruse, I’m not aware of any links on Dolan’s part to the Russian legislation.
    I think comparisons to NY, such as yours, trivialize the totality of what is happening in Russia today.

  13. Anonymous says:

    In Russia, the gov’t-controlled media still paints the West as an enemy, so it’s hard to reverse the indoctrination.

  14. Bill_Perdue says:

    It’s more like New York in this decade.

  15. Tom in Lazybrook says:

    They won’t bother to investigate or prosecute in this case. I actually think the question should be asked of the St Petersburg Authorities….”Were the attackers members of the police or OMON forces?”
    I think we should file charges against the Police Chief of St Petersburg in the Hague for deliberate refusal to protect against violence.
    And we should throw this case in the face of Russia every time they say “Gays are free to do what they want in private”..

  16. Anonymous says:

    Definitely not out of place to say that violence in a fascist regime can escalate. They are testing the boundaries of Russians and the world. Slowly, insidiously, it will get worse as they allow more to slide.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I small a concern troll. They tend to avoid logging in.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Your concern trolling is obvious; try again.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Clearly, there was permanent damage this time. What will the thug police/regime say now?

  20. Anonymous says:

    Were the Teabaggers cheering this on too?

  21. Corey says:

    Just one more reason why Americans traveling to be on the Olympics should be wary. All we can say is “You were warned” I wouldn’t put it past some skin head to pull a Boston Marathon, it’s not as if they America s won’t be in a “Section” like all countries attending. Perfect target. These scum bags are just like those in the1950s/60s that would kill whites who supported civil rights, believing that they were juSt as bad as the blacks for supporting them. We have the Westboro scums that are daring enough to attend soldiers funerals saying god let them die because of gays, I would put it past the more violent Russian scum to plant bombs, throw grenades, etc at groups of Americans just for being American

  22. Namaste Anam says:

    Yes, I did. I also told her that any misinformation was not meant to rub salt to an open wound. It was not intentionally done to offend anyone. Its really scary there but Russia is not the worst place in the world. And Russians are actually really awesome people! This is her reality. Half the time I go back and forth between encouraging her to be an activist to worrying about her and asking if she is okay. This is a complex problem Nwith no easy answers.

  23. Tom in Lazybrook says:

    Ok lets add it up for St Petersburg
    1) Russian lesbian gets slugged in full view of the world’s media. Police actually arrest and charge the assailant. However, six months later, the woman is order to go to a FSB doctor, who says she has no permanent damage, so the St Pete police drop the charges. Apparently its okay to slug a lesbian in St Petersburg, so long as a doctor linked to the anti-Gay regime says ‘no permanent physical damage’ 6 months later.
    2) Russian POLICE invade a Gay bar in St Petersburg, beat up patrons, shove a gun down a bartenders mouth. The police take the club’s surveillance video and then refuse to investigate or charge anyone.

    3) Russian Gay activist assaulted in full view of the worlds media in St Petersburg. No arrests or charges against the perpetrators.

    4) Russian thugs in St Petersburg invade a private Gay/HIV discussion group and SHOOT someone in the face, and the police refuse to arrest or investigate.

    The tenor and level of violence has been increasing in other parts of Russia as well. Within the last 2 weeks

    I think its obvious that the authorities in St Petersburg tolerate the violence. I think, given the issues regarding documented attacks by police on PRIVATE gay events in St Petersburg whether this weekend’s attack was actually carried out by the police themselves.
    St Petersburg is thinking about bidding on the Summer Olympics. We can worry about that in a bit.
    Where this should be directed at is FIFA, as St Petersburg is a host city for the 2018 World Cup (sponsored by ….. Coca Cola, again). I think we should demand arrests and jail sentences (and yes assault > whatever Pussy Riot did).
    I think we should bring these cases up whenever Russia trots out the lie that “Gays are free to do what they want in private”.
    Two weeks ago, anti-Gay thugs attacked a private Gay bar in Moscow. Last year’s private (non-porn) Gay film festival was attacked by thugs in Novosibersk. No jail time has resulted from that.
    Its an official Pogrom. Godwin’s Law does NOT apply here. But I think Russia is really more like 1950’s Alabama or 1970’s South Africa than Nazi Germany.

  24. Bill_Perdue says:

  25. Moderator3 says:

    One flag will do it. You can flag it 20 times, and we’ll only see one.

  26. karmanot says:

    The mods rule!!!!

  27. karmanot says:

    Your offense is one of collaboration with fascist bigots. And, don’t think you can pull the sad face, ‘oh my’ routine here.

  28. karmanot says:

    “The problem is its so hard to tell who is lying and who is telling the truth” Wrong. It’s not hard at all. The fact that you have no profile really encourages trustworthiness.

  29. karmanot says:

    “But how can we help people who won’t trust or hate us?”—-kick their gay hating racist asses big time, through condemnation, protest and sponsor boycott. Meanwhile you can sit on the sidelines and think good thoughts.

  30. karmanot says:

    And then they came for you.

  31. Bill_Perdue says:

    You left out the police state almost completed in the US. NDAA, FISA, Paytriot Act, hundreds of oppressive local laws. Obama’s ordering the racist extra-legal murders of these four citizens – Anwar al-Aulaqi, Samir Khan, ‘Abd al-Rahman Anwar al-Aulaqi and Jude Mohammed. One of them, ”Abd al-Rahman Anwar al-Aulaqi was a sixteen year old boy from Denver Colorado.

    Why did you omit the US from your list? Is the Obama regime somehow an exception to the rule?

  32. mirth says:

    My up vote gives balance and, of course, says I like your comment. A lot.
    Truth is a beautiful thing.

  33. Namaste Anam says:

    I did. I also explained that I do not think any misinformation was deliberate. This is reality for her. She’s not just someone looking into the situation. I am in the US, safe from this. I go back and forth with encouraging her to be an activist because if they do not do anything, it will get worse. To alternating between I heard about this bad event, are you okay?

    This is HUGE problem with no easy answers.

  34. Bill_Perdue says:

    ^^^^ Downvote by someone who believes that Democrats or Republicans are somehow excused when it comes to provoking violence. An American exceptionalist.

  35. Bill_Perdue says:

    Exactly. And tell them why.

  36. discus_sucks_ass says:

    so, you got nothing except more word-salad

  37. Bill_Perdue says:

    The rising incidence of harassment, beatings and murders in the RF and their steady incidence in the US are both caused by the right – by cultists and the political prostitutes who front for them front for. In Russia that’s Putin and the new gangster capitalist ruling class and in the US that’s right wing bigots like the Clintons, the Bushes and Obama.

    Putin is pushing back the reforms of the 1917-28 Bolshevik and Yeltsin eras and in the US the Clinton’s pushed DOMA, the Republicans passed copy cat DOMA in most of the states and Obama perused a determined and bigoted antigay agenda most of his time in office, culminating in his 2008 betrayal of marriage in California.

    Stalinists, Democrats and Republicans and the enemy.

  38. goulo says:

    Well, will you point out to your Russian friend that this blog is quoting from Russian sources?

    The paranoid idea that it’s just the West making up bad things about Russia is cold-war era nonsense.

  39. Namaste Anam says:

    What is happening to the world? What is happening in Russia is heart-breaking. The problem is its so hard to tell who is lying and who is telling the truth. It seems like everything is cloaked with a smokescreen within a smokescreen within another smokescreen. I see now that you are doing your best. Thank you for your efforts, you are brave.

  40. Namaste Anam says:

    Yes, I agree. They are. Our ideas and culture are different. We need to build trust first. If you needed help, and I offer it, but I was not completely upfront, would you doubt me and turn down my help? Our relations is relevant because we can’t help each other or work together with so much history of mistrust between us. It will not work.

  41. Namaste Anam says:

    My wife and I recently got married in Iowa. BUT we live in Kansas. We can file taxes Federally, we file state taxes individually. PLUS, the school district refuses to put me under her insurance. Basically, a loophole says they do not have to so they choose not to honor our marriage. BUT if she met a guy at a bar for 20 minutes decides to go to Las Vegas and get married, she can put him on her insurance pronto, no questions asked. I know about how unfair it can be for the lgbt community. I live it. I am not just concerned, I am more than that.

  42. Namaste Anam says:

    Its not odd. I grew up in the Philippines during the Marcos regime. College students who went to rallies against his corrupt government were found dead in fields. Up to this day, nobody can say who did it, the crimes are all unsolved. Remember, Tiannamen Square massacre? Its sad the injue happens everywhere.

    I felt it was needed to be pointed out. My Russian friend is a lesbian. I know her partner. She is out to her family, not to her village. Can’t blame her there. Her first comment to me was, “I wonder why the blog ontains misinformation? I wonder if that was deliberate?” That is why I said something. I am sorry if I offended anyone.

  43. FLL says:

    I have no doubt that this blog has attracted the Kremlin’s interest. After all, which blog got the Russian vodka boycott rolling?

  44. Monoceros Forth says:

    The point is Russia and the US never had the greatest relationship.

    How the flying f–k is that relevant? Justice and human rights are universal concerns.

  45. nicho says:

    Hi. Good of you to post, thanks! BUT, provide something to back up your claims. Spreading misinformation is not moral or ethical.

  46. FLL says:

    The Russian police have a recent history of ignoring kidnappings and beatings that are documented on video and posted on YouTube for all the world to see. They’ve refused to investigate in those instances too. This long series of incidents in the past two years is now a pattern and is convincing evidence that exactly what you say is true.

  47. BeccaM says:

    And I for one trust your sourced reporting over that of a pseudonymous commenter whose only source is an even more anonymous ‘friend from Russia.’

    It is interesting how your posts about Russia’s anti-gay pogrom keeps attracting these nay-sayers in the comments who keep insisting that nothing’s happening. Or who want to minimize violent assaults and possible murders as mere ‘bullying.’

    Seems almost coordinated, doesn’t it?

  48. Monoceros Forth says:

    Oh, yeah, people are deviating from perfection all the time in my neighborhood. People are getting shot in the eye and beaten with baseball bats all the time and getting blown off by the cops, but we accept it in a gentle spirit of citizenship and camaraderie cos everyone makes mistakes don’t they?

  49. I don’t think it’s odd at all that the Russian police might have seen a guy bleeding from his eye and decide that he’s only a fag, so no crime no foul. They did turn a blind eye to the neo-nazi kidnapping ring, nationwide, so this is hardly a stretch :)

  50. Actually, several Russian sources say the police did not investigate, that they said there was no evidence of a crime, and only later decided to investigate after – as usual – the West (as the bad guys over there still like to call us) found out about it. And the bat reference all came from the Russian sources who were there. I’m almost tempted to think that you’re one of the Kremlin’s sockpuppets I read about a few weeks ago, that visit foreign Web sites talking about Russia and try to spin lies to cover up the country’s descent into fascism and kleptocracy.

  51. BeccaM says:

    Getting shot in the eye seems to me to be a step up from ‘bullying’ and in most civilized nations considered to be attempted murder.

    How about you provide some actual linked information rather than, as you said below, relating what some ‘friend from Russia’ told you?

    In other words, “Your concern is noted.”

  52. FLL says:

    Yes, I agree that we have to get the journalistic details correct rather than the U.S. and Russia just having an axe to grind. The Russian police investigated and found no evidence of a crime, although I think that’s odd if the young man was shot in the eye and treated in a local hospital, where medical authorities said the prognosis for his eye was not good. We’ll have to verify whether the young woman was injured with the baseball bat. I’m not sure if she will come forward or not.

  53. Namaste Anam says:

    I stand corrected. My news source is a friend from Russia who read it and wanted to check if anybody from the west knows about it. The police did not just leave, they did investigate right away. And she just informed me that the baseball bat is iffy. Some witnesses said they saw it, some say they didn’t.

    Yes, the police did not declare a crime was involved. The point is Russia and the US never had the greatest relationship. We doubt each other and both think the other is out to get us. Especially in the past. Why stir the pot? Why good is adding a little bit of misinformation except to tick Russian off more and give them justification to distrust us more? Misinformation will only fuel the government propaganda against the US.

    I agree we need to help. But how can we help people who won’t trust or hate us?

  54. FLL says:

    The Russian police investigated immediately and promptly decided that their was no evidence of a crime, even though a man had been shot in the eye. What is your point? Also, I believe that the young woman was indeed injured with a baseball bat (link to the article from Russian LGBT Network is here.) What is your news source?

  55. Namaste Anam says:

    Hi! Good of you to post, thanks! BUT, check your information. 1). It was not an HIV clinic. Its a facility that promotes HIV awareness and education. 2). No baseball bat was involved. And 3). The Russian police investigated immediately. The rest of your article is true.

    Please, nobody is perfect. Its not like the lgbt community has full rights, its not like bullying never happens here. Spreading misinformation is not moral or ethical. Blog about what is really happening but be careful not to stir the pot with tall tales. What good will it do?

  56. FLL says:

    It’s the duty of the mainstream media to report on this. The various daily newspapers and TV networks are guilty or innocent on a case-by-case basis, depending on whether they perform their duty as journalists. Having said that, the execs at Coca Cola and McDonald’s are guilty and nothing but guilty because they are not in a position to do journalistic work. I think that most intelligent observers can tell the difference between a journalistic company (good or bad) and a company that sell soft drinks or burgers. I’ve kept an eye on protests, and so far, the only protests (e.g., the protests organized by Queer Nation in Times Square) have been against Coca Cola. If your company can only sell soft drinks and burgers, and can’t contribute a thing in the form of investigative journalism, it would be best to pull out of Russia, that is, if you want to continue to sell soft drinks and burgers in more enlightened countries.

  57. Indigo says:

    A pogrom complete with Coca-Cola t-shirts. Oh, myyy!

  58. BeccaM says:

    It’s a pogrom all right.

  59. BeccaM says:

    Of that I have no doubt.

  60. Butch1 says:

    If the clinic would have fought back and bloodied the attackers, you can bet the police would have found a crime and would have arrested those workers at the clinic for protecting themselves and attacking the perp.

  61. Max_1 says:

    Boycott the sponsors…

  62. ComradeRutherford says:

    The International Olympic Committee heartily endorses the brutal repression of certain classes of society.

  63. emjayay says:

    Maybe they compared it to Russia and realised it wasn’t so bad after all.

  64. Monoceros Forth says:

    However, I would think that the top to bottom massive corruption and pervasive crime and crappy infastructure and drunken employees in Russia are important factors for them to consider.

    I dunno. Such considerations haven’t prevented (say) Boeing from moving jobs to South Carolina.

  65. emjayay says:

    There is no reason for investors to care about any injustice in another country unless it has potential for reducing profits in some way. There is no morality in capitalism, only maximising profit.

    However, I would think that the top to bottom massive corruption and pervasive crime and crappy infastructure and drunken employees in Russia are important factors for them to consider.

  66. emjayay says:

    I just flagged the endless nonsense comment two comments down. Please join in until it disappears.

  67. B.J. Caldwell says:

    Coca Cola has been talking up their work with HIV internationally (” As part of our overall sustainability efforts, we have had a
    long-standing commitment to fight HIV/AIDS in the communities where we
    operate.”). Perhaps this incident is an angle to get them to do something?

  68. Monoceros Forth says:

    When the Russian police showed up, they claimed to have found no evidence of a crime, and promptly left.

    The familiar pattern is being followed: a violent paramilitary force is allowed to flourish with the tacit approval of official authority (cf. the Freikorps in the early years of the Weimar Republic and the “death squads” in El Salvador.) Probably there is some overlap as well, with members or former members of the army and the police joining forces with the extrajudicial groups.

  69. heimaey says:

    You think there’s too many greedy investors to do such a boycott nowadays? The world is also more globally integrated than it was in 1986.

  70. Whitewitch says:

    Hatred is such a very ugly thing and until humans overcome their need to have scapegoats of people who are not like them…I refuse to play with them anymore.

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