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Attacks On Russia's Largest Gay Club Continue, Roof Completely Destroyed

Central Station Roof

Central Station, Moscow's largest gay club, has suffered the brunt of attack after attack recently, including a shooting and even a poison gas attack. The latest attack occurred last Saturday when over 100 people utterly dismantled the roof of the club, stealing and disabling some of the club's utility equipment in the process. Club owner Andrei Lishchinsky wrote a letter to President Putin asking for protection and arguing that the attacks on the club have been provoked by anti-gay animosity.

It is unlikely that Lishchinsky will receive any response as the government has collectively turned a deaf ear to the plights of gays in the country. The police even refuse to open a criminal investigation, and the over 30 complaints that have been filed with them have been ignored. It should be noted that the police were quick to follow through on a drug bust on the club that produced exactly zero evidence of drug trafficking or consumption.

It is suspected that the source of the conflict is between the club owners and the building owners, who are believed to be putting pressure on the club to get it to shut down.

LGBT activist Nikolai Alexeyev chimed in and gave further credence to the theory that he is really just the Kremlin's "pocket gay" by claiming that the attack was purely an economic issue, saying:

The building got a new owner recently who tried to break the lease contract with the owners of Central Station, but failed to do so even through a court, which is why the owner started to take measures that would not allow the club to function properly.

The Moscow Times made repeated calls to Central Station on Sunday that went unanswered.

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  1. Attacks like this are going to continue until something is done to hit back and hit back hard. That something would be a full boycott by the United States and the withdrawal of all American sponsors. Sounds far-fetched, I know, after all these are just "Russian faggots who should be put into furnaces and burned to death".

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Dec 17, 2013 3:01:42 PM

  2. And the world continue to turn a blind eye to these crimes because Sochi is such an important event.

    Posted by: Mitch | Dec 17, 2013 3:03:23 PM

  3. These are the stories that need to be told when the Sochi reporters arrive. This thing is going to happen, and there are people going who want to put light on the horrible acts that are being committed against the LGBT community. The world will be watching and this is what needs to be seen.

    Posted by: 604brian | Dec 17, 2013 3:28:43 PM

  4. We shouldn’t be surprised. Straight people don’t care that much. Have you heard people speaking wonders of Dubai in a backward country like United Arab Emirates? A place where in spite of homosexuality being forbidden and religious freedom not being granted, the “human rights records” are bought to fare even better than in the U.S.A.. So as long you can enjoy some pretty views and get drunk, people don’t care if virtual slaves die on the next block. Russia strikes harder because they look more like us, but in the end they are backward people who never tasted tolerance. Corruption needs scapegoats and as long as Russians feed jingoism by feeling offended by the Western World supporting gays at Sochi, they won’t need to think on their real problems.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUHT | Dec 17, 2013 3:41:56 PM

  5. It's time for the more civilized nations to offer asylum and citizenship to anyone who wishes to flee from a country in which they are being targeted, persecuted, and subjected to violence.

    Posted by: Bryan L | Dec 17, 2013 3:45:03 PM

  6. Putin and the Orthodox Church must be really proud of their success, the fostering of some kind of Russian Holocaust against LGBT-people.

    Posted by: Roman Bolliger | Dec 17, 2013 4:05:10 PM

  7. I read in another article that Russia needs its own Stonewall. I do think that Russian LGBTs will have to stand up for themselves. I am deeply saddened that there would be a backlash, as things like this get worse before they get better, but momentum and inertia are already heavily stacked against them.
    We've already read about an unsuccessful gassing, and I dread the day I read about a successful one or ovens/furnaces being actually introduced.
    I apologize for being cynical and pessimistic, but I believe the world will do nothing should such a thing happen. And it seems it will.

    Posted by: reconstructedmoss | Dec 17, 2013 4:07:01 PM

  8. Johnny Weir would be a fool to step into that country.

    Posted by: HereinDC | Dec 17, 2013 4:18:00 PM

  9. I'm sure Rick was there to hand out wrenches and crown bars.

    Posted by: Tyler | Dec 17, 2013 5:53:35 PM

  10. Alexyev is probably right. So, in what country featuring a basic part of civilization - the rule of law - after a landlord loses in court, is it OK to just dismantle the place?

    Posted by: emjayay | Dec 17, 2013 8:41:19 PM

  11. So the owner has thugs dismantle his roof exposing it to the elements just to get the gays out. Brilliant. What an idiot.

    Posted by: Palto | Dec 17, 2013 8:49:11 PM

  12. I thought they were going to tame down the anti-gay acts and rhetoric before the games and then just ramp it up afterwards.... like what happened when Berlin hosted the Olympics in 1936. This is really brazen and alarming... things aren't going to get better, folks. It's time to get ready to take real action, because I'm not sure our leaders are willing to step in and do something unless we push them to.

    Posted by: graphicjack | Dec 17, 2013 11:56:40 PM

  13. ....Kristallnacht

    Posted by: mark | Dec 18, 2013 12:04:29 AM

  14. Some day someone is going to write a story explaining why a remote city in Russia (had anyone ever heard of Sochi before?) was chosen for the Olympics. And, big surprise, it will involve politics, money, and corruption.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 18, 2013 3:06:59 AM

  15. This may be the result of an internecine incident between the club and the building owners, or it may be that we're witnessing Russia's Kristallnacht The determining factor will be whether this was an isolated incident, or whether it is widespread. The difference is important to this story.

    Posted by: Stan D | Dec 18, 2013 4:58:45 AM

  16. The global LGBTA community could simply no longer agree to uphold any diplomatic immunity for Russian government officials who set foot outside Russia, instead putting them on trial for harming LGBTA people. Remember government officials who violate the human rights of millions of people are criminals. Just because they are violating the human rights of LGBTA people does not change that reality.

    Posted by: Daniel | Dec 18, 2013 6:41:36 AM

  17. If it all traces back to money, then the logical place to put pressure is on the sponsors. No McDonald's in this country should be allowed to do business undisturbed when their parent company is complicit in an environment that encourages pogroms. Even the Amerikan police state probably can't muster enough local forces to put down ten thousand angry LGBTs and allies mobbing a single address. I'm envisioning a kind of ACT UP meets Earth First! thing here. :-D

    Posted by: MNBear | Dec 18, 2013 10:33:21 AM

  18. It will get worse for LGBTQ people in Russia. Sochi won't make a difference. After Sochi? The repression, the violence, the imprisonments, the murder will ratchet up something awful.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 18, 2013 10:44:49 AM

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