A new terrifying Russian website known as ‘Saw’ in English, is encouraging people to ‘report and hunt down ’ gay men. The website .proclaims that the campaign represents the “Chechnya’s Comeback”, referring to the government-sanctioned brutal torture and executions of gay men in the Northern Caucasus.
Following the launch of the website last week, three men have been violently assaulted.
The website allows people to upload photos of people they accuse of being gay with personal information and how to find them.
The website states that it plans to make a database of people of gay people, including their addresses and other information.
People will then be able to access the names for a fee: 200 Rubles (US $3) to find personal information. But if your name is on the database and you want to have it removed, you have to pay a bigger fee: 1500 Rubles (US $23).
“Saw’ supposedly takes its name from the horror movie franchise of the same name.
The targeting of LGBT people is called a ‘game’ on the website. It has May 1 to 31 listed as the dates for the ‘game’.
For now, the ‘game’ is targeting people in the province of Ufa, in south-east Russia.
This is terrifying,’ Mikhail Tumasov, chairperson of the Russia LGBT Network said..
‘I’ve never seen anything like this The killing and torturing of gay people, they call it a game.’