Jon Stewart Interviews Filmmaker Exposing Neo-Nazis Torturing Gay Russian Teens

Last year, we exposed several neo-nazi organizations operating within Russia preying on young gay teenagers and perpetrating horrific acts of abuse against them.

[Young gay man forced to undress and pose with sex toy in bathtub.]

The vigilantes created fake profiles on a popular Russian social network,, and lured gay male teenagers into public meetings, so they could torture and humiliate them for being gay.


[18-year-old gay victim tortured in public by masked neo-nazi vigilantes.]

Filmmaker Ben Steele spoke with The Daily Show host Jon Stewart about his new documentary Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia. The film exposes these Russian gangs that entrap LGBT people and subject them to violent abuse which is recorded and share online to further humiliate their victims.

[Vigilantes pour a bottle of urine onto the victim’s head.]

“The vigilante groups are, unfortunately, they’re proud of what they do. They believe that they are carrying out good acts and they believe they are acting in the name of the majority of Russian people,” Steele said.

Steele was able to film the vigilante groups in action after a long negotiation process in which he convinced them he was there “not to pass judgment — I’m there to film what’s happening so that I can show it to the rest of the world, and it’s for the viewer to judge the rights and the wrongs and the merits of what they’re doing.”

Watch the interview below (Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia airs tonight at 9 on HBO):

Watch a trailer below:

[H/T: Advocate]