Crimean Thug Leader Promises Brutal Crackdown on LGBT Organizers

“We do not need such people,” Aksyonov told Russian news agencies Interfax and Itar-Tass during a government meeting. “Our police and self-defense forces will react immediately and in three minutes will explain to them what kind of sexual orientation they should stick to.”

Aided by pro-Russian forces inside Crimea, Russia’s strong-arm takeover of the region this year brought with it the draconian antigay law signed by President Vladimir Putin that forbids promotion of “homosexual propaganda” to minors. Along with the law has come fear and violence for LGBT Crimeans.