An LGBTI Russian activist is taking homophobic actor Ivan Okhlobystin to court over his comment that homosexuals should be ‘thrown in a furnace while they are still alive.’
Okhlobystin made the comments during a speech to fans in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk in December – also adding that he wanted ‘faggots’ stripped of their voting rights because they are a ‘psychical anomaly.’
Now activist Nikolay Bayev has filed a complaint against him over the comments in the Tushino District Court in Moscow and the first hearing is scheduled for February 17.
According to RT.com, Bayev has complained to the court that Okhlobystin’s comments ‘caused him feelings of fear, disturbance and inferiority,’ and has also asked Russian prosecutors to charge him with ‘extremism’ though they are yet to do so.
Bayev wants the court to order Okhlobystin to apologize to Russia’s LGBTI community for the comments and is also seeking 30,000 rubles (around $US900) in damages.
Bayev believes the Russian courts will not find against Okhlobystin but hopes to use the case to appeal the matter to the European Court of Human Rights.
Okhlobystin has threatened to counter sue him for insulting his religious feelings and has said that he will not participate with Bayev’s lawsuit.