A website that gamified hunting gay men in Russia has been reactivated and is now calling for ‘gay hunters’ in several regions.
In April 2018, Saw-inspired website пила (Russian for ‘saw’) came under fire as it encouraged homophobes to report LGBTI people for torture.
The website seems to be active at the moment of writing. It includes a call to action for ‘athletic, aggressive and strong in spirit’ men to assault LGBTI people to get monetary rewards.
Organizers pay up to 300,000 rubles for each ‘task’, a little less than $5. Furthermore, they will provide the hunters with legal protections.
‘You can do everything except the killings’
‘We are already working and we invite you to hunt for gays in 12 regions of Russia,’ the website reads.
‘These are the Stavropol Territory, the Chechen Republic, the Republic of Dagestan, the Samara Region, the Sverdlovsk Region, the Republic of Bashkortostan, the Republic of Tatarstan, the Republic of Udmurtia, the Chelyabinsk Region, the Perm Territory, the Saratov and Orenburg region.’
Vile actions these gay hunters will need to perform include identify and beat LGBTI people, kidnap them and deliver men to Chechnya.
Ever since December 2017, Chechen authorities have been rounding up people on their actual or perceived sexuality. LGBTIs have been illegally detained, tortured and executed.
‘You can do everything except killing them,’ the website also clarifies.
Moreover, the description provides an email address where hopeful hunters can send a short bio. If hunters pass their first task, they will be hired for a second.
‘Fight against this scum’
An update posted on 18 January explains hunters are already active in the mentioned regions.
‘Our future without smelly homosexuals and pedophiles depends on you,’ the website reads.
‘We are not averse to new like-minded people who are ready to fight against this scum.’
What can you do to help LGBTIs in Russia?
The Russian LGBT Network is helping to evacuate people from Chechnya. They are sheltering them in safe houses, providing them with food, clothing and psychological support.
But most importantly, they’re trying to get them out of Russia. GSN has rounded up a few simple ways to help LGBTIs in Chechnya and across Russia.