Authorities in Russia have ignored complaints of violent anti-LGBTQ speech, while simultaneously moving to prosecute individuals who post memes deemed offensive to Christianity. LGBTQ activists in the country have complained to police about offensive and sometimes violent comments and memes. Among other threats, some read, "f****ts should be pummeled" or “snuffed out” and “it's not a sin to thrash gays,” Radio Free Europe reported on Thursday. Although Russian police have failed to act on these threats, other individuals in the country who have posted memes judged to be blasphemous or mocking Christianity have been detained and jailed. In one high-profile case, Daniil Markin, a 19-year-old film student in the Siberian city of Barnaul, currently faces up to five years in prison for posting a meme comparing the Game of Thrones character Jon Snow to Jesus Christ.
September 20 / Newsweek