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One of the suspects has a criminal history, the statement said.It went on to say that they thought the victim had been drinking with two men, apparently while celebrating Victory Day, a national holiday in Russia held on 9 May.
Although the main motive for the crime was homophobia, the three men were prosecuted for murder, not hate crime.
He said on Monday: “It was deeply uncomfortable not knowing what was going to happen.
The only way I could cope with being in that situation was to document it.” The group humiliate the man, coercing him into an ‘interview’ about his sexuality, and forcing him to dance.
She went on to admit that the attack was believed to have been a hate crime, which was noted as a rare admission from Russian law enforcement agencies on the issue of homophobia in the country.
A later statement from the Moscow-based Investigative Committee confirmed that two men aged 22 and 27 had been detained in connection with the attack.
In the following Pink News catalogue of anti-gay stories in Russia, we take yet another look at some of the most shocking events to date, from the newspaper editor fined for printing “being gay is normal” this year, to the earliest incidents covered by this site, such as when the gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was punched in the face at a 2007 pride parade.
The stories come in no particular order however, neither chronological nor hierarchical.
A Russian newspaper editor was fined 50,000 roubles (£860) last month under the ‘gay propaganda’ law for printing that “being gay is normal”.
Alexander Suturin, the editor-in-chief of newspaper Molodoi Dalnevostochnik, was found guilty of breaking the law, as the article propagated “homosexual relations”.
It read: “You will be arrested and jailed for gay propaganda in Sochi according to Russian Federal Law #135 Sektion 6.″ The app has been completely blocked in Adler and Sochi, where the Winter Olympic Games are due to open on Friday.
Three men in Russia were sentenced this month for the brutal murder of a man they stabbed and set on fire because they suspected he was gay.
According to AFP, the men, who all came from the same village in the eastern Russian region of Kamchatka, committed the murder because they were “convinced of the non-traditional sexual orientation of their fellow villager,” regional prosecutors said in a statement.