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Two Gunmen Open Fire on Gay Club in Moscow

Central Station

On November 16 at approximately 5am, the Moscow gay club Central Station suffered a violent attack when two thugs opened fire. The two currently-unknown attackers first began harassing patrons standing in line for the club, and then tried to gain entry. When the security guards denied them entrance, the thugs pulled out handguns and began firing on the building and crowd. Fortunately no one was injured, though the front door was damaged by two bullets.

Club administrators believe that the only purpose that the assailants had in mind was to gain entry to the club and begin shooting patrons. Though the assailants fled, they were caught on surveillance video which the club management hopes will lead to arrests. In the meantime, they have asked for additional police protection as the club has come under attacks recently.

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  1. Of course, in Russia these days, the gunmen might very well have been police. Putin and his fellow politicians have effectively pointed all of Russia's internal rage at the LGBT community and declared it open season.

    Posted by: Eric | Nov 17, 2013 7:49:02 PM

  2. Happy now, Endorado???

    Posted by: Jenny 0 | Nov 17, 2013 7:55:31 PM

  3. Wow this is scary. It's Russia and the gunmen can basically stand outside and say they did this and nothing will happen and the IOC will still say the Olympics are safe. Coca Cola will still sponsor them as will Mc Donalds and Samsung and Panasonic etc...

    Posted by: Jeff | Nov 17, 2013 7:55:36 PM

  4. I'm sure the Moscow police will make this case their top priority.

    Posted by: Merv | Nov 17, 2013 8:00:44 PM

  5. And again history repeats itself - 1932 1933, Berlin and Munich.

    When are we going to start calling these fascists what they are ? Fascists.
    And you all know how this story ends.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 17, 2013 8:03:24 PM

  6. They'll be questioned and released, much to the happiness of American fundamentalist christian hate groups who've visited their new country of LOVE over the last few months.

    Posted by: Dale | Nov 17, 2013 8:20:43 PM

  7. As tragic as this story could've been (and we all know it's something that happens in NY at least once per week), it's interesting to see that the country still does have packed, sweaty, thriving gay clubs. Yes, the government is pushing some unacceptable laws, but it's worth noting there are dozens of countries where clubs like this couldn't even exist.

    Posted by: denizo | Nov 17, 2013 8:21:35 PM

  8. ...pretty impressive that the place is still pumping at 5 a.m. too. Try finding THAT in New York these days – sigh.

    Posted by: denizo | Nov 17, 2013 8:22:05 PM

  9. I'm actually pretty stoked about this.

    Posted by: Endorado | Nov 17, 2013 8:48:02 PM

  10. But let's definitely have the Olympics.

    Posted by: Tiger | Nov 17, 2013 8:49:02 PM

  11. Moscow has gay clubs?? Who'd of thought.

    Posted by: david | Nov 17, 2013 8:57:01 PM

  12. ^^^^^^^^ this is exactly the kind of disconnect and (sorry) ignorance that really clouds the issues. Not only Moscow, but many other cities DO have these massive gay clubs and thriving, open gay scenes which doesn't seem to make sense with what we're hearing. It's probably worth keeping in mind when trying to figure out exactly what's going on over there... it's certainly no Iran or Arabic country – yet, at least.

    Posted by: denizo | Nov 17, 2013 9:05:41 PM

  13. Russia likes to protest that the existence of these clubs is proof that they don't discriminate against Gays "keeping it private". But the truth is that these clubs are subject to attacks by persons operating with apparent license and/or impunity by the Russian state with staggering frequency. Attacks have occurred in St Petersburg and at another bar in Moscow recently.

    Posted by: Tom in Lazybrook | Nov 17, 2013 9:12:21 PM

  14. Russia likes to protest that the existence of these clubs is proof that they don't discriminate against Gays "keeping it private". But the truth is that these clubs are subject to attacks by persons operating with apparent license and/or impunity by the Russian state with staggering frequency. Attacks have occurred in St Petersburg and at another bar in Moscow recently.

    Posted by: Tom in Lazybrook | Nov 17, 2013 9:12:21 PM

  15. Of course, attacks have also occurred at and around US gay bars with shocking frequency over the last few years as well; they're nearly a standard item on gay blogs these days.

    Hey, even I'm a bit surprised though... 5 a.m., packed club. Who knows if the people trying to get in were part of the scene, jilted lovers, closet homothugs (likely), whatever. Russia's laws are terrible and inexcusable, but the fact that these are operating freely where in other neighboring countries they never could does mean something.

    Posted by: denizo | Nov 17, 2013 9:22:07 PM

  16. Thank you Brian Brown and Scott Lively for stoking the fires of your kind of hatred. It's working.

    Posted by: rroberts | Nov 17, 2013 9:25:55 PM

  17. Let's remember now - the top level gay organizations and gay celebrities, including athletes, were totally against boycotting the Sochi Olympics and the World Games because ... we'll ... our athletes worked hard to get there and even though their own gay neighbors are being killed, shot at, beat up, hanged and maimed and all without police protection - well let's face it police encouragement - the fault lies with ourselves and are slinking away of responsibility. Rip the billion dollars Putin and Russia will receive from the U.S. and the U.S. sponsors out of their hands through boycott and money talks. You'd see a completely different Russia.

    And for many of you - it is your own fault for doing nothing.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Nov 17, 2013 9:36:52 PM

  18. As with all authoritarian regimes, the Putin regime needs a scapegoat and that is the gay community. Allied with the Russian Orthodox Church, the Putin regime will use the gay community to further his ends.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Nov 17, 2013 10:32:42 PM

  19. Just a year ago:

    Posted by: Jack | Nov 17, 2013 10:42:09 PM

  20. Russia is a failed state, wallowing in the decadence of post-Soviet corruption and political ineptitude. Xenophobia and homophobia, traditional Russian ills, are fanned by pandering politicians and the impious degenerates of the Russian Orthodoxy who are too incompetent and too greedy to see beyond their own selfish interests. As in the Tsarist days and the 70-year reign of Bolshevism, when the chips are down, Russians will always turn to the nearest scapegoats--in this case, LGBTQ people--and react accordingly. All the while, Russians ignore who is actually to blame for their failed state. The violence against gays and lesbians is only going to get worse. The question is, what will the world do about it? Can the world do anything about it? Does the world even want to do anything about it?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 17, 2013 11:41:07 PM

  21. The crystal night.

    Posted by: Tristram | Nov 17, 2013 11:41:38 PM

  22. I'm not disconnected and certainly not ignorant denizo. That comment would have been better kept to yourself. However with that snide remark aside your post makes a very valid statement and is why I said what I did. It was facetious. Most people do not realize that there is a huge gay population in Russia. The media rarely mentions it.

    Posted by: david | Nov 18, 2013 1:13:58 AM

  23. There is speculation on Russian sites that the attack may have had to do with a dispute between the owners of the building and the club owners, and that the building owners want to find an excuse to get the club out (which could also have to do with the new law).

    Earlier this month at the same club someone put up big signs that said GAY CLUB HERE! and ENTRANCE TO GAY CLUB near the entrance.

    Of course they still may not get caught, or get off with a light sentence. At any rate, it's not good.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Nov 18, 2013 4:37:44 AM

  24. Russia has a huge population; therefore it has a significant LGBT population. Anyone with a small brain can figure this out. For a city of its size, Moscow doesn't have many places for gay people to congregate--very few, in fact. A couple of crowded clubs in a city of over 10 million means little, and the rest of huge Russia barely has anything.

    Putin and Co. use allowance of gay clubs (never mind that they are the target of thugs who will go unpunished) as false evidence of tolerance. Gay life, as any actual gay person knows, is about more than a couple of clubs. It's about living outside the closet and not having to lie about who you are and who you love. You can't do that in Russia, particularly outside of Moscow. You enter a sham marriage and spend your life pretending to be straight.

    And Russia's gay propaganda law is just the tip of the iceberg ... It's one of the many canaries in the fascism coal mine that is Putin's Russia.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 18, 2013 4:54:14 AM

  25. People need to stop trying to blame Scott Lively and NOM for the fascist disgrace that Russias has become.

    Russia's genocidal homophobia is entirely Putin's doing.

    Posted by: MaryM | Nov 18, 2013 5:55:03 AM

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