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Putin Vote Rig Snares Gays

The harsh crackdown on dissent in Vladimir Putin's Russia that accompanied Sunday's parliamentary elections also targeted gays, as more than a dozen gay activists - including Nikolai Alexeyev, the young lawyer who is the chief organizer of Moscow Pride - were arrested on December 2 inside a polling station in that nation's capital. Comment

Journalist, Victim's Lawyer Attest to Executed Iranian's Railroading

The Islamic Republic of Iran murdered Makwan Moloudzadeh, a lad of 21, on the cold morning of December 5. Makwan was dragged at dawn from his jail cell in the Kermanshah Central Prison and hanged in secret within the prison, without the required presence of his lawyer and family, for the so-called "crime" of having had anal sexual relations, which the authorities claimed was rape, with boys of his own age eight years ago, when he was 13. Comment

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