Russians Are Using Social Media To Lure In And Publicly Humiliate Gay Men

It’s called Occupy Pedophilia, and it’s going viral on Russian social media. WARNING: This post contains graphic images.

1. The hashtag #ОккупайПедофиляй or Occupy Pedophilia has been collecting shocking Russian hate crime videos across multiple social networks.

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2. The videos all follow a similar premise, where straight men, many affiliated with Russian Neo-Nazism, create fake personal ads online to lure gay men so they can humiliate them on camera.

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3. According to Youtube search results, the trend has been happening for months, filling the social network with videos of young gay Russian men being humiliated and often attacked.

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5. The videos typically show the lured-in men being interrogated with a sex toy.

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7. The movement was reportedly started by Maxim Martsinkevich, an influential member of Russia’s far-right Neo-Nazi extremist group Format18.

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8. The videos all have hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube and are being shared heavily on Russian social network

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10. There is a website organizing the “newest” and “most popular” Occupy Pedophilia videos on VK called

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11. The site encourages users to catch other “pedophiles” and out them on the site, typically with their names and occupations.

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13. The #ОккупайПедофиляй tag on Instagram is full of photos of support.

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14. With users flashing the bent thumb symbol associated with the movement.

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