Russian Gay Activist Kidnapped, Drugged

GAY ACTIVIST NICKOLAI ALEKSEEV X390Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev, who was arrested by police this
week at a Moscow airport, says he was kidnapped, threatened and
pressured by his captors to withdraw a complaint against Moscow
authorities from the European Court of Human Rights, according to Radio
Free Europe. 
Advocate.com: Daily News

—  John Wright

Leading Gay Russian Activist Nikolai Alekseev Safe in Moscow, Says He Was Harassed, Drugged by Captors

Leading Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev is safely back in Moscow, and has written an account of his harrowing abduction by captors thought to be with Russia's secret police. Alekseev says the captors harassed, threatened, and possibly drugged him.

Alexeyev Early Saturday morning Alekseev left the following message on Facebook:

"My dear friends, I just entered Moscow. Thank you to all of you for support. All I want now is to brush my teeth and to shave. I will try to describe all that happened tonight! I never thought so many people care for me, it brings tears to my eyes."

Alekseev has written the personal account of his abduction HERE (translated via Google).

Radio Free Europe reports:

"A spokeswoman for the airport told Russian news agencies that Alekseyev was detained after refusing to take off his shoes at the security check. The activist rejects this account and claims airport security officials arbitrarily detained him for two hours before handing him over to a group of unidentified men in plainclothes. He told RFE/RL that he was then driven to a police station in Kashira, a small town some 100 kilometers south of Moscow, where he spent the next two days."

In his personal account, Alekseev notes that he discovered his location by using an iPad, which the authorities had not taken from him.

Radio Free Europe continues:

"[In Kashira], he says he was threatened, harassed, and possibly drugged. 'The first night, I slept on a chair and a table. I spent the second night on a kind of banquette. They gave me water, but I think it was laced with something because my reactions were very slow and I felt completely disoriented. I was given very simple food like biscuits,' Alekseyev says. Conflicting reports had emerged in the wake of Alekseyev's mysterious disappearance. While the activist did not respond to repeated calls to his mobile telephone, news agencies said they had received text messages from him saying he had been taken to Belarus and intended to seek political asylum there. Alekseyev denies such intentions and says the text messages were sent by his captors from his confiscated telephone."

During his abduction, Alekseev was pressured to withdraw a complaint he had filed with the European Court of Human Rights over Moscow's banning of Gay Pride parades.


Towleroad News #gay

—  John Wright

Are Russian Police Sending Fake Text Messages to Make Everyone Think Activist Nikolai Alekseev Is Safe?

Nikolai Alekseev, the Russian activist and Moscow Gay Pride organizer who went missing after an arrest at Moscow's airport, is supposedly safe in Minsk, Bealrus. If he ever wants to return to his mother country, he'll have to disavow his claim in the European Court of Human Rights that state authorities are unfairly discriminating against the gays, and drop his demands that Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov — this jerk — resign. UPDATE: Is an impostor pretending to be Alekseev and text messaging activist friends to make them think he's safe? Not only have Belerussian activists not seen or spoken to him, but when personal questions are asked of Alekseev, there is no SMS response, indicating whomever is sending messages from his phone is not him.


Permalink | 8 comments | Add to del.icio.us
Tagged: , , ,

Queerty

—  John Wright

Not just offensive, but boring to boot

ept_sports_oly_experts-781818323-1266855462

I have always enjoyed watching figure skating (like the Olympics and the world championships type figure skating; not Barney on Ice type figure skating). I used to know a little bit about how they judged the competition, but since all the judging changes were made, now I just watch for what entertains me personally in a routine.

Last night, watching Russian ice dancing champions Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin perform their original dance routine in the Olympics, I was neither entertained nor amused. And neither were a lot of Australian Aboriginal leaders.

See, this year’s theme for the original dance portion of the ice dancing competition is “folk dancing.” For some reason, the Russian pair decided to “pay tribute” to the Aboriginal culture with their routine. To me, it looked more like “make fun of” instead of “pay tribute to.”

I thought the costumes were stupid. The “funny faces” the two made throughout the routine, and the way Shabalin “dragged” Domnina by her ponytail in parts of the dance looked like something out of a bad Vaudeville routine. Their moves did not seem particular difficult, nor was their footwork impressive. And to top it off, it all seemed badly skated to me.

Since I am not of Aboriginal descent, my complaints about the dance being offensive don’t count for much. But the complaints of Aboriginal leaders do count. And here’s what Aboriginal leader Bev Manton, chairwoman of the NSW Land Council had to say about it: “I am offended by the performance and so are our other councillors. Aboriginal people for very good reason are sensitive about their cultural objects and icons being co-opted by non-Aboriginal people — whether they are from Australia or Russia. It’s important for people to tread carefully and respectfully when they are depicting somebody else’s culture and I don’t think this performance does.”

—  admin