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The ‘Beauty’ of Russian Homophobia

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This man threatened to attack random homosexuals. Image via Lena Klimova.

This man threatened to attack random homosexuals. Image via Lena Klimova.

Lena Klimova, the founder of Children-404 [1], an online support network for LGBT teens in Russia similar to the It Gets Better campaign in the United States, has launched a new project [2] meant to shame the Internet users who send her death threats.

On April 20, Klimova unveiled a photo album, titled “Beautiful People and What They Say to Me [3],” where she posted publicly available pictures of individuals in their everyday lives, overlaid with the threatening messages they’ve sent her on VKontakte, Russia’s largest social network.

The photos show the individuals in situations that are casual and intimate: a man poses with a goat, a woman hugs a bouquet of roses, and so on. The text, however, is vicious and obscene, creating a violent juxtaposition between these people’s identities as private individuals and public homophobes.

Klimova’s photo archive currently contains 29 different images. RuNet Echo is republishing a handful of these photos, with the individuals’ identities obscured and the vulgar messages to Klimova translated into English.

Reader discretion is advised, as the language is obscene.

Image via Lena Klimova. VKontakte. [4]

Image via Lena Klimova. VKontakte.

Sasha: When are you finally going to close your fucked-up group. I hate this shit. Gunning you down, you little bitch, is just the beginning of what you deserve.

Image via Lena Klimova. VKontakte. [5]

Image via Lena Klimova. VKontakte.

Aisha: I, for one, think you’re a stupid bitch. You think you’re helping anything with this holy crusade?? Go and fucking kill yourself before they come for you!!! People like you should be locked up!

Image via Lena Klimova. VKontakte. [6]

Image via Lena Klimova. VKontakte.

Alexander: You fucking slut! Why the fuck are you propagandizing fags? Sure, nobody wants to fuck you, but that’s your problem. Just close this disgusting group. Or else I’ll go and catch myself one of these fags, and I’ll beat the shit out of him. :) And on his stupid fucking face, I’ll inscribe the name of your group, and the whole thing will be YOUR fault!

Image via Lena Klimova. VKontakte. [7]

Image via Lena Klimova. VKontakte.

Maxim: I’ll be one of the first to set fire to the stake you’re gonna burn on. You’ve even got the eyes of a druggie, you vomit-stained piece of shit.

Image via Lena Klimova. VKontakte. [8]

Image via Lena Klimova. VKontakte.

Elizaveta: They’re gonna lock you up any day now. What you’re doing can’t go unpunished. I hope you burn in hell a long time in agony for propagandizing the homosexuals! Die, you shitty scum. Leave our country, you piece of shit. Sooner or later, you’re gonna pay for this!

Image via Lena Klimova. VKontakte. [9]

Image via Lena Klimova. VKontakte.

Kristina: Burn in hell, all you perverts! If I saw you, I’d strangle you with my own hands.

Image via Lena Klimova. VKontakte. [10]

Image via Lena Klimova. VKontakte.

Roman: Ahah, I get it: nobody wants to fuck you, and now you’re taking it out on Russians? People like you are the ones killing Slavs! There’s no place for you in society. Fine, go and promote this shit in other countries, but why here? My great grandfather died for you, you fucking beast! LGBT will never be tolerated! And the people who have supported you will regret it for the rest of their lives.

Image via Lena Klimova. VKontakte. [11]

Image via Lena Klimova. VKontakte.

Kolya: Lena, I hate you. You are disgusting and, if I had the power, I would shoot you dead. I hope they ban your project and ostracize you from society. Nobody needs you, except freaks like you.

In November 2014, Russian police first started targeting Klimova’s group, Children-404, for spreading “gay propaganda.” In late March 2015, a court in St. Petersburg ordered the group blocked [12] on VKontakte, where it’s most popular. The court order takes effect on April 25.