In its report* License to Harm: Violence and Harassment against LGBT People and Activists
in Russia*, Human Rights Watch accused Russian of failing to protect its citizens who are gay and said that crimes committed against them are rarely prosecuted.
The report documents numerous reports of beatings, abductions, and public humiliations of LGBT Russians and only three cases where crimes were reported to police and subsequently prosecuted.
“All over Russia there has been an increase in attacks by vigilante groups and individuals against LGBT people in the past two years. There has also been an increase in attacks on LGBT activists, and anti-gay groups have used the 2013 law to justify mounting campaigns of harassment and intimidation of LGBT teachers and other school or college staff to get them fired from their jobs. Although Russian law enforcement agencies have the tools to prosecute homophobic violence, there appears to be no will to do so and no policy or instructions from the leadership to take homophobic violence seriously. Aside from several isolated investigations, the authorities have done little to hold assailants accountable,” it says in part.
The report cane be found here.