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Masked thugs invade Russian LGBT activist meeting, one victim may lose eye

Monday, November 4, 2013

SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia — Using baseball bats and air-pellet guns, a group of masked thugs forced their way into a meeting of LGBT equality rights activists Sunday, attacking those in attendance.

According to a St. Petersburg police official who confirmed the incident, one of the LGBT activists attending was shot in the eye by one of the assailants and sent to hospital. The incident was verified by another activist, Maria Markina, who had also been in attendance.

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Dmitry Chizhevsky

“One guy was shot in the eye. The bullet is still there. Doctors are not sure that they can save his eye,” she said.

The young man, identified as Dmitry Chizhevsky, wrote in a post on the social network VK.com late Sunday, “I was hospitalized, a bullet was left inside my eye and doctors said they will do the surgery but they said that there’s a good chance that the eye will no longer see.”

Activists told Russian language news portal Rosbalt that the LGBT event was to discuss upcoming protests. One of the other LGBT activists also in attendance, Anna Prutskova, wrote on VK.com that she received light injuries to her back during the incident, and confirmed reports that the attackers were carrying baseball bats in addition to the pellet guns.

Clashes between LGBT activists and anti-LGBT groups has become a frequent occurrence in the city, which was one of the first Russian municipalities to introduce controversial fines for “homosexual propaganda.”

Viacheslav Revin, another Russian LGBTQ activists told LGBTQ Nation Monday he was “shocked at what had happened, though, in principle, such an attack was predictable.”

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Revin said that the adoption of the local anti-gay law in St. Petersburg has sparked “a street war against the LGBT community in the city.”

“As always, the police did not want to do anything to stop the violence or prevent it. I am sure that the authorities either ignore this planned attack on the office of the organization, or make empty statements,” he said.

“Anti-gay hysteria in Russia is gaining momentum and is convenient to the authorities of gay people’s enemies,” added Revin. “Gay people are now scapegoats for problems.”

The Kremlin maintains that the anti-gay law, which has provoked international condemnation, is “designed to protect children, and does not prevent adults from making their own choices.”

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  1. The things I want to do to these Russians are not humane or civil and it concerns me lol

    Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 8:57pm
  2. stay the course Jason and hang in there

    Replied on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 9:11am
  3. And that’s what happens when a gov’t stirs the embers of hatred against a community in its own country.

    Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 8:58pm
  4. Behold the power of the bully pulpit--in the hands of a bully.

    Replied on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:42pm
  5. u think that isn't happening in USA??? Hell, USA EXPORTED this to russia, Latin America & the African continent!

    Replied on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:59pm
  6. To Riverstone: Listen! Scott Lively deceived everyone on Earth and I'm HIGHLY embarrassed by his crusade! Don't compare me to those stinky, bloodthirsty Abiding Truth Ministries!

    Replied on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 11:29pm
  7. This extremely unacceptable!

    Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 8:59pm
  8. So sad! :(

    Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:01pm
  9. I’m seriously at the point of wanting to nuke Russia. Shame on them!

    Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:01pm
  10. This is barbaric. It needs to stop.

    Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:03pm
  11. So does that mean he get’s one of each of their eyes? “An eye for an eye”?

    Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:07pm
  12. And again I ask…why do we still think we should go to the Olympics? What on earth is wrong with people?

    Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:07pm
  13. Cowards

    Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:10pm
  14. MFs

    Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:12pm
  15. Boycott!

    Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:26pm
  16. When LGBTI athlets are at the Olympics they should mingel russian LGBTI athletics to provide them cover from assult.

    Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:51pm
  17. Avrora Soner

    Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:52pm
  18. thank you, Nima!

    Replied on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 10:06pm
  19. Wore masks because they are cowardly scum. Hope they die in a house fire.

    Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:54pm
  20. What assholes!

    Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 10:46pm
  21. Masks or white sheets and pointy hats does anyone else see the similarities? Cowards always cover their faces.

    Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 10:46pm
  22. The boycott starts now!!

    Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 10:54pm
  23. Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 11:13pm
  24. Our brothers and sisters in Russia need arms and training. It’s time to take an eye for an eye.

    Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 11:20pm
  25. oh my God :-(

    Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 11:57pm
  26. I would boycott The Winter Olympics, but I love figure skating ( a very gay sport I might add) what’s wrong with those Russians?

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 1:34am
  27. Horrible. Just another reason to encourage SELF-DEFENSE courses for ALL GLBT, not only in Russia but in the U.S. & everywhere. Peaceful gays are too easy targets. And, in Russia, the “law” is on the criminal’s side.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 2:35am
  28. God is watching them and in the end they WILL get their “just” rewards….bastards.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 3:38am
  29. Damn Putin!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:19am
  30. So wrong. Prayers

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:19am
  31. Sad! I pray for the activist; and as hard as it is, I pray for the thugs as well.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:20am
  32. This upsets me no end

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:20am
  33. That’s fucked up

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:20am
  34. smfh..

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:22am
  35. God bless my LGBTQI family members in Russia.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:22am
  36. How sad, I fill for the gay Russians .

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:23am
  37. Just crazy

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:24am
  38. That is just WRONG!!!! :(

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:25am
  39. Boycott

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:27am
  40. My prayers goes out to him. Be strong honey …..justice for u is on its way . God bless you

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:27am
  41. I wish him the best, but if you can… GET THE HELL OUT OF THAT HELLHOLE NOW!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:28am
  42. These guys should be given props for being so strong.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:35am
  43. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:38am
  44. A**holes … Sorry bud that sucks…

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:38am
  45. May those in Russia be safe and stand strong! Prayers sent to you along with love and support!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:38am
  46. Sickening “… Screw the haters and Putin !!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:50am
  47. I’m sorry that people like that keep your head up listen we love you here in America if I could I would bring everyone of you to my house sending hugs loves from of us who cares ;( sad to know putin still is stuck up putin

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:54am
  48. I pray for everyone in Russia….stay strong & keep your heads up <3 remember you are making history & are paving the way so future generations will be free to love who they want <3 I love you all & pray for you & your country daily <3 God Bless <3

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 5:08am
  49. This is unbelievable and it has to stop. I think the Olympics are going to create some changes that Russia isn’t expecting.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 5:16am
  50. And athletes will be safe….yeah right Mr. Putin!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 5:17am
  51. This has to end. & now. If I could I’d bring all my brothers & sisters in my gay community home to my tiny apartment. At least here they all would be safer. Putin needs to go.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 5:29am
  52. I’m so sorry this has happened to u. I just don’t understand why people just can’t let people be happy. I always tell them “You don’t pay my bills therefore you have no say in how I live my life.”

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 5:32am
  53. Don’t feel SAFE visiting RUSSIA. No Thanks!. Peace….

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 5:33am
  54. I hate PUTIN and all RUSSIIIIAA! :@

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 5:35am
  55. Terrible. Russia needs to get on the ” right side of history” wake up!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 5:36am
  56. I don’t think All Russians are bigots. They just think they are still living in the communist ruling country. Use your freedom, Russia.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 5:54am
  57. О__________________О I would go away from Russia

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 6:04am
  58. I think they are afraid to Joey wouldnt you be?Its like home invasion of gay people.Scary.Would you all get a gun to protect yourself? Thugs. I hope they werent molested in any way poor children.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 6:04am
  59. Prayers are with the people this happened to. Terrible…

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 6:12am
  60. So sad.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 6:23am
  61. Wtf omg i hate hate

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 6:33am
  62. Just like women’s rights, there are none for GLBT either.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 6:36am
  63. Putin is selfish,i don’t like him.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 6:38am
  64. The hate must stop prayers to the victims

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 6:43am
  65. So sad to hear that. Hang in there, friend.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 7:20am
  66. #PrayingForPeace and a #QuickRecovery

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 7:33am
  67. Big love to this man! For a quick and full recovery.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 8:07am
  68. God send you strength….You inspire us!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 8:23am
  69. this kind of thuggery should concern everybody!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 9:11am
  70. Man I just wish these people would leave them alone D: they think violence is gonna stop the LGBT community? nope. Never give up you guys :0 I’m not just for gay rights but I am for human and animal rights. Every living creature deserves to be happy and live their lives the way they want to.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 9:20am
  71. who did this to you is going to get his or her karma

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 9:25am
  72. God bless them all and this young man. Remember that God loves all his children.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:48am
  73. dislike!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:56am
  74. And we are just suppose to sit n take this shit?
    I say, Kill every Russian out there we can find

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:59am
  75. omg.what is wrong with people?

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 1:04pm
  76. Hate Destroys ! Love Heals! :-)

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 1:10pm
  77. What Putin is doing is nothing more than genocide and it is time the World responded.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 1:12pm
  78. he is lucky it was just an eye it could have been worse a lot worse.now how to take care of putin is all i ask

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 1:28pm
  79. sorry but keep fighting

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 1:48pm
  80. Why dont the lgbt people fight back? I am sure they can get guns and molotov cocktails somewhere in that crazy country.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 2:03pm
  81. GET WELL SOON AND REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO COME. BE STRONG. HANG IN THERE. YOU WILL BE REWARDED AT THE END BECAUSE TRUTH IS ON YOUR SIDE. HISTORY WILL REWARD YOU! BEST WISHES!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 2:31pm