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Owner of Moscow’s largest gay club writes to Putin after latest attack

Central Station, Moscow’s largest gay bar, has been subjected to another attack, with the club’s roof dismantled this time – prompting the owner to write to Vladimir Putin to ask him to get the police to do their job
The shooting suspects outside the club in November
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Moscow’s largest gay night club has been subjected to another attack, prompting the owner to write to Russian President Vladimir Putin to ask him to ensure police do their job and properly investigate.

The owner says the most recent attack on the Central Station nightclub on Saturday is just one of over 20 incidents against the establishment this year.

This time a group of around a hundred people occupied the building’s attic – dismantling the roof and stealing equipment.

‘The building was seized by a professional raiding company that served the interests of unknown foreign legal entities that ordered multiple illegal actions against LGBT visitors of the club,’ club owner Andrei Lishchinsky wrote in the letter to Putin which he also posted to Facebook.

‘These actions were obviously motivated by hatred toward representatives of the LGBT community and had a clear extremist tone.’

Lishchinsky wrote that police have refused to investigate the attacks on the club and that he is concerned the people responsible for the attacks on the club may be working in collusion with police.

The club’s owners say they have lodged more than 30 complaints with the police without any response.

On the same night as the attack in which the roof was removed, police arrested 40 people outside the club, saying there was a conflict between the night club’s owners and a group of people employed by the building’s owners.

As a result a performance by the Swedish group Army of Lovers that had been planned for that night had to be moved to another venue.

The attacks on Central Station began after the building that houses it was sold to new owners and the club’s owners have previously said they believe there is a campaign to force them out of the building so that it can be redeveloped.

Two men shot up the club in November, and there have been multiple gas attacks on the venue in the meantime.

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