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.