Russian campaigners have stated that a female located murdered with a couple of stab wounds within the town of Saint Petersburg became a famous activist who had received threats over her protests for LGBT rights and competition reasons.
Authorities stated they’d found the frame of a 41-yr-antique lady with multiple knife wounds in St Petersburg on Sunday. However, they did not perceive her.
Activists and media reviews within the metropolis named the sufferer as nearby campaigner Yelena Grigoryeva, who turned into an average participant in rallies supporting an unpopular number of causes in cutting-edge Russia, along with LGBT rights and freedom for Ukrainian political prisoners.
“An activist of democratic, anti-warfare and LGBT movements Yelena Grigoryeva was brutally murdered close to her residence” on Friday night, opposition campaigner Dinar Idrisov wrote on Facebook. He stated she had lately pronounced threats of violence to the police, but they took no action.
Acquaintances stated Grigoryeva’s name became on a list of LGBT activists posted using a lately blocked Russian website that referred to people to take vigilante motion in opposition to them. Russia’s net watchdog banned the website final week.
In recent days, activists at an LGBT aid center inside the metropolis of Ekaterinburg said they had acquired a threatening letter, signed by using “a liquidator of gays,” caution that if they did no longer close down the center, “something very terrible and miserable” could take place.
In current months, photographs posted to Grigoryeva’s Facebook page showed her holding placards at various rallies and protests. One is known as for “A Russia which human beings will no longer be fearful of, but be inspired with the aid of.” Another read: “In Russia, there are greater than 5 million gay human beings. Because of backwardness and hatred, they should stay secretly.”
Idrisov wrote that her perspectives had modified over the years, from nationalist to liberal, and stated he did now not recognize if the attack became related to her work. He said, however, that she had lately obtained threats and had even asked a chum to appearance after her cat inside the event that something occurred to her.
The Saint Petersburg online newspaper Fontanka stated Grigoryeva become discovered with knife injuries to her lower back and face and had reputedly been strangled. A suspect turned into arrested, it suggested.