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Masked Men Attack 'Coming Out Day' Party at Gay Club in Moscow, Three Hospitalized: VIDEO


What sounds like a horrific scene took place in Moscow yesterday at the 7Freedays club where approximately 50 people were celebrating "Coming Out Day." 7freedays calls itself the "first gl [gay and lesbian]-friendly bar in Russia."

The Moscow Times reports: Freedays

Unidentified police officials told Life News that the attackers were dressed in dark clothes and medical masks and that many of them had shaved heads. A witness in the club at the time of the raid told the tabloid that the men threw acid on him. Other witnesses said the group struck club-goers repeatedly over the course of five to six minutes, turned over tables and threw bottles, then fled.

Earlier this week, nationalist Orthodox organization the People's Council called for the closure of all gay clubs in Moscow as part of an effort to prohibit the "promotion of homosexuality."

Freedays3Three were hospitalized following the chaotic struggle, RIA Novosti reports:

About 20 masked attackers burst into the 7freedays club, where people were celebrating “coming out day,” Andrei Obolensky, the event’s organizer, told RIA Novosti.

“They pulled a gun on the bouncers as they entered the club. Then they shouted ‘You wanted a show?’” Obolensky told RIA Novosti. “People were bleeding; they had been hit in the head with bottles.”

Two of the three people hospitalized for the injuries they sustained in the attack have now been released from hospital. One girl, who suffered a serious eye injury, is still being treated.

Here's a slideshow of some of the damage.

Watch a Russian news report on the attack, AFTER THE JUMP...

St. Petersburg and several other Russian cities have recently passed laws banning "gay propaganda" and promotion of homosexuality. A similar ban is under consideration in Moscow.

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  1. This is horrendous and proves that the Nazi thugs and their enablers, the Russian Orthodox Church, are not content with stopping our parades. They want to come into our homes and invade the sanctity of our spaces.

    Arrest the priests of the Orhodox Church and charge them with inciting hatred and violence.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 12, 2012 8:11:50 AM

  2. Just horrific.

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Oct 12, 2012 8:25:29 AM

  3. Do not be fooled. The SAME thing would be happening here if our government and state law enforcement decided to turn a blind eye...the lynchings of the 1920's and other race based violence up through the 60's is evidence of that

    Posted by: | Oct 12, 2012 8:36:00 AM

  4. Perhaps things like this would occur more often in the USA if Romney is elected President.

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 12, 2012 8:58:37 AM

  5. Awww, it's so nice to Nazism rears it's ignorant head. Odd how Nazis and homophobes have so much in common. God must surely love both of them.

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 12, 2012 9:51:14 AM

  6. This is utterly shocking. Will the authorities be lenient on the attackers because the victims are gay? The world is watching.

    I'm also in favor of a complete economic (including tourism) boycott of anything connected with St. Petersburg - and perhaps Moscow and all of Russia if they don't get their human rights act together.

    Posted by: Suntime | Oct 12, 2012 12:51:27 PM

  7. Yesterday in Athens, neo-nazi thugs and religious zealots attacked a theatre that staged the premiere of "Corpus Christi" a gay-themed play on the life of Jesus. Please help greek LGBTs to spread the news about what happened.... More info, videos and pictures here:

    Posted by: gsh | Oct 13, 2012 7:30:59 AM

  8. Sick fools? How do you sleep with your fellow man or woman? It is just sick!

    Posted by: Marge | Oct 16, 2012 12:23:24 PM

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