Second Gay Man Murdered in Russia Within a Month

A group of Russian villagers have killed a 39-year-old man in the Russian region of Kamchatka for being gay in the second fate hate crime in Russia in recent weeks, AFP reports:

KamchatkaThe suspects, three men in the village of Zaporozhye, allegedly killed a man on Wednesday "because their fellow villager had a non-traditional sexual orientation," the Investigative Committee said in a statement, using a euphemism for gay.

"The victim died at the scene from his injuries. Then the suspects tried to cover up the crime by putting the body in his car, pouring on petrol and setting it alight," investigators said.

The three men have been detained.

Even though the investigators confirmed that the attack was believed to have been driven by homophobia, in a rare admission from officials on the sensitive issue in Russia, the suspects are being investigated for murder, not for a hate crime.

The victim was the deputy director of a local airport.

RIA Novosti adds:

Officials reported on Friday holding a 21-year-old employee of a fisheries firm in connection with the killing, but did not at that time mention a possible motive for the crime.

The incident is not the first suspected hate crime against gay men in recent weeks in Russia. Last month, investigators in the southern city of Volgograd opened a probe into the death of a 23-year-old man, whose body was covered with various injuries.

Reuters reports:

"Now the deputy director of an airport has been killed in Kamchatka. Because he was gay. And it's going to get worse," Nikolai Alexeyev, Russia's most prominent gay rights activist, said on Twitter.

Critics say the bill would effectively ban gay rights rallies and events. Alexeyev has said it is part of a "homophobic policy" that is giving Russians carte blanche to attack gays.

Comments

  1. Hey Darlin' says

    When a supposedly civilized government targets a segment of the population as deserving of inequality, this is the nightmare that we always pray doesn’t occur. When the government has that type of influence on it’s citizens the true question is always, where will the persecution end? Will it end before you become the next group to be persecuted?
    Being on the outside watching the development in Russia, one has to wonder if they aren’t one of the groups funding the right wing zealots in America. It would be to their best interest to cause a divide within the American population after all.

  2. says

    According to gay.ru, this is the 7th gay-bashing murder in 2013.

    And AFP is silly to even mention prosecution as a hate crime. While hate crimes laws do exist in Russia, they are only used to prosecute anti-Putin demonstrators like Pussy Riot, which was supposedly anti-Orthodox.

    An official judgment this year declared that the law, which penalizes crimes motivated “because of hostility towards religion, ethnicity, or a social group” does not apply to anti-gay crimes because gay and lesbian people “are not a social group.”

  3. mic says

    Hey, Maybe Rick has some sage advice on how Russian Gays can avoid looking like Russian Gays.

    because that “Whole Culture of Russian Gayness” deserves every hit they take.

    That Airport queer must’ve been dressed up all Airport-gay-like, because EVERYONE knows that if you dress like a Russian Airport Gay ‘you gonna git a beat down’

    Right Rick?

    Stop this dressing Airport-Gay Insanity!!!!

  4. Derrick from Philly says

    @ Pedro,

    Thank you. Some of these racist b.tches will claim they took a plane load of Blacks and Latinos over to Russia just to bash Russian Gays.

  5. Miguel A. Mendoza says

    IKR…are we sure this was Russia and Detroit or Houston. I’ve never HEARD of a gay person becoming a victim by the hands of a white perpetrator. The GayKK has some ‘plaining (oop!) to do here!

  6. SFshawn says

    Hopefully the Obama Administration will start taking some serious actions against these countries that are creating an environment of genocide for those who are GLBT. Why are they waiting for the death tolls to rise until they take real action against these tyrants?

  7. gomez says

    be strong, brothers and sisters around the world. learn self-defense and escape. arm yourselves and be vigilant. leave your country if need be. You have love and friendship waiting for you elsewhere

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