Transsexual and her gay friend persecuted in Russian village decide to head to Syria to join ISIS… unaware that the terror group throws homosexuals to their death from tall buildings
- Viktor E. and her friend Aleksey T left their home village of Kamchatka Krai
- 22-year-olds were fed up with being ‘persecuted’ by friends and neighbours
- Pair are said to have watched ISIS recruitment videos before going to Syria
- Viktor reportedly believed she would be accepted as a woman by ISIS
- But the terror group regularly throws gay men to their deaths from the roofs of tall buildings or stones them in front of bloodthirsty crowds
Russian authorities have expressed fears for the lives of a transsexual man and his gay friend after they were reported to be heading to Syria captivated by Islamic State fundamentalist propaganda.
Dubbed the ‘battle trannies’ by the Moscow media, the two suspects Alexei T. and Viktor E – who prefers to be known as Viktoria and dresses as a woman – are accused of maintaining contacts with armed extremist groups.
Another police source Alexander Vinogradov said: ‘We would always be interested in stopping people from joining a terrorist organisation but in this case there is a double motive, as our information is that this would not be accepted if they managed to get all the way to Syria, and it is unlikely that they would live very long once their sexual orientation was revealed.’
He said that ISIS has been staging a non-stop campaign online to recruit new fighters from those who feel out of place but added it was unlikely they had transsexuals or homosexuals in mind when making the appeal.
The pair claimed that they had suffered persecution and abuse from family and locals in the home in Kamchatka region in the extreme east of Russia.
They hoped they would be welcomed if they went to Syria after watching an ISIS recruitment video online.
The case is the most bizarre of a number of recent examples of young Russians being coaxed into travelling to Syria, a trend of acute concern to the Moscow authorities.
Reports said the 22 year olds had already left for Syria, while an unconfirmed police source was reported by local news source in Kamchatka as saying they were now in a mental health institute.
The couple were put on a list of those wanted for terrorist or extremist activity after apparently being converted to radical Islam.
‘One of them was put there following a court decision because of his predisposition to suicide, and the other went there because he wanted to,’ said the report on kam.24.ru news agency.
Viktoria’s aunt said her nephew and his friend were not known as being the most intelligent people in the neighbourhood and she confirmed that Viktoria was taking hormone replacement therapy to start the transformation of becoming a woman.
He ‘did not have enough money for the surgery and asked relatives but we all refused.
‘The next thing we knew was that they were wanted by the police after it was found they had gone to join ISIS.
‘Viktor had been walking around in women’s clothes and wearing makeup and was living with his mum before converting to radical Islam.
‘She told him that he would probably be killed if he went there dressed as a woman, but he said that if he could travel there as a woman, he believed they would accept him as a woman.’
Disturbing: In a photo taken in the city of Mosul, a gay man is dangled over the edge of a building by his ankles
An unnamed teacher said of Viktor: ‘He was a boy. He had girlfriends, had a very short haircut, clothes without any decoration.
‘He was a typical guy. And then later he came here to school to get a copy of his diploma with a different name on it, Viktoria instead of Viktor.
At this point he was ‘wearing a short skirt, earrings and with long hair’.
‘He told me: ‘Change my diploma from Viiktor to Viktoria. If you don’t do so, I will complain. ‘
He claimed to have a Russian passport in the name of Viktoria.
The teacher added: ‘We have optional courses on Orthodox Christianity but not on any other religions.
‘Viktor was never interested in religion. I myself was teaching history, social studies and law. He wouldn’t say even a word about Islam.’
Russian police are understood to have confirmed that Viktor and Aleksey have been placed on a list for those wanted with regards to terrorist or extremist activity.
Gathered to watch: The horrific public murders of gay men draw some of the largest crowds in ISIS’ self-declared caliphate, with men photographed taking their young sons to watch the regular atrocities
ISIS has staged a relentless recruitment campaign online over the past year, often targeting those who feel persecuted or out of place in the West. It is highly unlikely the barbarians had transsexuals or homosexuals in mind while appealing for new members, however.
The terror group has been brutally clear in how it views gay men – releasing sickening videos of them being thrown from the roofs of high buildings in strongholds such as Raqqa and Mosul.
Those who survive the fall are then set upon by bloodthirsty crowds who ‘finish them off’ by stoning the terribly injured victims to death.
The horrific public murders of gay men draw some of the largest crowds in ISIS’ self-declared caliphate, with men photographed taking their young sons to watch the regular atrocities.
This is because under the terror group’s brutal interpretation of Islam, citizens are taught that being gay clashes with God’s ‘natural’ order, brings destruction to the family and marriages, and leads people to ignore religious guidance in other areas of life.
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