Three Russian Men Convicted Of Homophobic Murder


Last June a group of Russian villagers in the Kamchatka region murdered a 39-year-old man for being gay and was part of a small rash of anti-gay murders in the country at that time. Three men were arrested in connection with the crime and put on trial for the man's murder. As of Monday, the three men, now aged 18, 22, and 26, were found guilty of the murder.

What is perhaps most surprising in this case is that the three men were not just found guilty of murder, they were found guilty of murder motivated "out of personal hatred, based on their conviction that their fellow villager's sexual orientation was non-traditional." In other words, that they were motivated by homophobia.

Unfortunately, this just means that they were guilty of premeditated murder, not of committing a hate crime, but perhaps it is some tiny victory that the homophobia motive was even acknowledged at all given Russia's present poisonously anti-gay social climate.

The men have been sentenced to between 9 and 12.5 years in jail.


  1. MikeKV says

    Well, those three arrests are a start. Now they need to start arresting / convicting people for the assaults (and other abuses) being perpetrated against other LGBT folks *on film*…

  2. some yank in Rio says

    This is the very definition of mixed messages. With no perspective on Russian prison terms I can’t tell if this is light, average, or severe. Seems this was timed so that they’d have something to point to when saying there was no homophobia in Russia.

  3. ratbastard says

    Premeditated murder and that’s their sentence? Even the soft Canadians would give a harsher sentence before. Hate crime or no hate crime laws, say what you will, but their lives would be over in any if convicted in any part of the U.S. They’d be lucky if they were released in advanced middle age, let alone life without parole.

  4. Alex Parrish says

    @ANKERICH — that is a total non-sequiteur if I ever heard one. What the hell is *your* agenda? Or is this just a little “projection” coming-out?

  5. Jonna the woodswoman says

    “”Gays need to stop accusing every straight man of being secretly gay for a start” WHY? Because we have found for YEARS that the ones who seem so motivated to terrorize and be violent to gay men have so often been found to be gay themselves.

  6. Unimpressed says

    I guess if Alex Parrish & Jonna Woodswoman are right, then gays wrote the abrahamic religions in the first place, the pathologization of and generation of the term ‘homosexuality’ was by gays, all the hysterical moms and ‘million concerned moms’ group are gay, all the anti-gay groups like the ones that Right Wing Watch monitor are gay, all the anti-gay protests’ members are gay, all anti-gay mobs that stone and hang and torture gay people are gay, all anti-gay laws that are passed are by gay legislators and gay politicians, all gay bashings are done by gays, all anti-gay police brutality is perpetrated by gays…

    If Alex Parrish & Jonna Woodswoman are right then all the anti-gay religious, anti-gay right wing authoritarian, anti-gay macho, and anti-gay just-worlders are themselves gay.

    Hey, if Alex Parrish & Jonna Woodswoman are right maybe gays are the MAJORITY and straights are the MINORITY!! Either that or these people who believe this can’t imagine numbers…

  7. MrRoboto says

    For cripesakes, the Pussy Riot girls faced 7 years for playing bad punk rock and saying curse words in a church (they were sentenced to 2 years).

    9-12.5 years for premeditated murder? What a joke!

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