Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a shocking video which shows the violence LGBT Russians face following passage of a controversial anti-gay law in June.

Footage included in the video was shot by the perpetrators, who proudly posted it on YouTube and other video sharing sites.

“Human Rights Watch has documented a large number of vicious attacks and aggressive harassment of LGBT – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender – people in Russia. It's happening in the context of the homophobic legislation that bans propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships among minors,” Tanya Cooper of HRW said in the four-and-a-half minute video.

The short film follows the rise of the group Occupy Pedophilia.

The group “essentially uses the pretext of protecting children, of fighting pedophilia to harass and attack gay people,” Cooper said.

Members lure mostly gay men with the promise of a date, then proceed to verbally and physically attack them. The incidents are filmed and posted on the Internet.

“People think that an LGBT person is not a human being, but simply a toy they can play with,” said Gleb Latnik, a victim of such an attack. “If such a person is walking on the street, they think, 'Why not punch him?'”

“This is an organized phenomenon,” said Igor Kochetkov, chairman of Russian LGBT Network. “These groups operate across Russia, they are coordinated online. And this movement has a distinct ideology, it's a neo-Nazi ideology.”

Because of Russia's law “they don't even have to hide” their attacks anymore, he added.

“There is a total failure on the part of the Russian law enforcement authorities to take active measures to prosecute hate crimes against LGBT people,” Cooper said.

Latnik added that when he went to the police to report his attack he was told that such incidents were normal for gays. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)