Monday, May 13, 2013

World News

Police Confirm Man Killed In Gay Bashing Incident In Southern Russia

Vladislav Tornovoy via
By Brody Levesque | VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA -- Russian police confirmed that the death of a 23 year old victim in this southern Russian city was the result of an apparent homophobic attack. Police Inspector Andrei Gapchenko told radio Ekho Moskvy that the body of the victim was found in the courtyard of an apartment complex with multiple stab wounds including severe injuries to his genitals early Friday morning.
According to Inspector Gapchenko, a 22-year-old acquaintance of the victim and a 27-year-old ex-convict have been arrested and detained after telling police investigators that they had been drinking with the victim and attacked him after he admitted to them he was gay. The suspects have been charged with murder.

Prominent LGBT equality rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev told LGBTQ Nation that it is unheard of in most of these types of crimes for Russian police officials to specify that homophobia was the motive in an attack, adding that most attacks against Russian LGBTQ individuals are normally not described as such by police agencies.
Alexeyev pointed out that with the increasingly harsh treatment of LGBT persons in the Russian Federation, spurred on by passage of "anti-homosexual propaganda laws, including recent efforts to pass a national measure given preliminary approval by Russia's Parliament, has activists concerned that similar incidents will increase, encouraged by the laws as Russians would be "less likely to fear consequences for attacking gays."
"This monstrous incident in Volgograd demonstrates the fruits of the homophobic policy that is being conducted in this country, including the initiative to ban homosexual propaganda," Alexeyev said.
The government of Russian president Vladimir Putin has given the national law, expected to win final parliamentary approval within weeks, its tacit approval. The United Russia party, which dominates the Russian Duma has publicly stated its intent to add an amendment to the measure that would fine any persons who voice support for the Russian LGBTQ community.
Putin warned last month that agreements with other countries on the matter of adoption of Russian children may be changed to ban such adoptions if those countries legalize same-sex marriage.
The political climate regarding treatment of the LGBTQ community has become dire according to Alexeyev, as illustrated by the case of another leading Russian LGBT rights activists, Aleksei Kiselyov. 
Kiselyov fled Russia to avoid prosecution by the Putin government  for his protest activities and was granted political asylum by Spain in April.

UPDATE: Russian LGBTQ Equality Rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev confirmed for LGBTQ Nation Monday afternoon that the victim of the brutal anti-gay killing in Volvograd, Russia, was Vladislav Tornovoy.