In the disturbing footage posted online, the Shukhov State Technological University student is bullied, forced to imitate sex acts and admit how many sexual partners he has had. After shaving his head, the men force him to lick a watermelon erotically then slam his head into it.
In the video he is heard telling the men he comes from Johannesburg.
One of the activists wrote in a post about how he pretended to be a teenage boy to lure the student who was studying in the Russian city of Belgorod, according to news.com.au. They also claim he was expelled when he reported the incident.
Russia has recently come under the spotlight for it’s anti-gay stance. A new law brought into effect just a few months ago, allows police to arrest tourists or foreigners whom they suspect of being gay or lesbian. They can be detained for up to two weeks.
There is also a bill up for debate that may see gay couples lose custody of their children.
Mamba Online quoted leading Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transexual (LGBT) community member Coenie Kukkuk as saying the government should issue a travel advisory to gay South Africans travelling to Russia.
Kukkuk reportedly wrote to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and the Russian Ambassador to South Africa demanding that action be taken.