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Gay Russian airport official stabbed and trampled to death

Gay Russian airport official stabbed and trampled to death

Police have arrested three suspects in the murder of a 39-year-old airport senior administrator.

According to Reuters, the three men in a village on the Kamchatka peninsula on Russia’s eastern coast stabbed and trampled a man to death before putting his body in a car and setting the vehicle on fire. The unidentified victim is believed to be a local deputy director of Ozyornaya airport.

This marks the second reported homophobic murder in less than a month. On 12 May, a 23-year-old gay man was found brutally tortured and killed in the city of Volgograd.

Nikolai Alexeyev, one of Russia’s most prominent LGBT rights advocate, took to Twitter to comment on the most recent hate-fuelled murder: ‘Now the deputy director of an airport has been killed in Kamchatka. Because he was gay. And it’s going to get worse.’

Alexeyev told the Moscow Times that ‘society needs to be educated’ with regards to issues on sexuality.

Alexeyev has personally experienced the Russian government’s commitment to its anti-gay policies. He was recently arrested for his role in organizing a gay pride event that was in direct opposition to the country’s controversial law banning events that promote ‘homosexual propaganda’.

Some activists blame Putin’s increasingly homophobic policies for the rise in reported anti-gay crimes. Putin’s latest political push is to prevent foreign same-sex couples from adopting Russian babies. Earlier this year, Russia banned all adoptions by Americans.

Police have not yet named the suspects, but believe the attack was prompted because of the victim’s ‘non-traditional sexual orientation’.