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Although the main motive for the crime was homophobia, the three men were prosecuted for murder, not hate crime.
A Russian newspaper editor was fined 50,000 roubles (£860) last month under the ‘gay propaganda’ law for printing that “being gay is normal”.
The men “lured the man in his car to a deserted part of the forest.
There, the eldest man stabbed the victim multiple times in the chest, face and neck, and two others kicked him.” Lastly, prosecutors said the perpetrators placed the 29-year-old victim in his car and the set the vehicle alight with petrol.
The perpetrators of the attack on the club Central Station on 23 November, remained unknown, but the club’s director was clearly convinced that extremist anti-gay views were to blame.
The group tracks down and abducts gay men, torturing and humiliating them, before posting the footage on the internet.
In the film, showing off for the camera, the group find a man looking for a hookup, and lure him back to the flat.
However, these attacks and others like them have had a longstanding history.
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.
Recently, Channel 4′s harrowing documentary, Hunted, followed the Russian gangs that hunt gay men for sport.