Murder, ‘gay-hunters’ strike terror in Russia’s LGBT community

Murder, ‘gay-hunters’ strike terror in Russia’s LGBT community

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Even though the country decriminalised homosexuality in 1993, it remains a deeply homophobic society.

When LGBT activist Yelena Grigoryeva found her name on a hit list of a “gay-hunting” group, she did not appear to take the threat seriously. The group called itself “Pila”, meaning “saw”, after the series of Hollywood horror films of the same name, in which a serial killer plays games with his victims. Pila promised “very dangerous and cruel little gifts” to a number of Russia’s gay activists. “That’s just a threat,” Grigoryeva wrote on Facebook early last month, posting a screengrab of the group’s website on her page. “This is not how crimes are committed.” On July 21, her...

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