Russian LGBTI activists shot in anti-gay attack
Two masked men attacked a group of young LGBTI people and their allies with guns and baseball bats at a rainbow social event at the La Sky Community Centre in St Petersburg yesterday.
Speaking to news website Rosbalt, two LGBTI activists who were present at the event said the attackers forced their way into the office and opened fire on the gathering.
Russian activist Maria Markina commented: "One guy was shot in the eye. The bullet is still there. Doctors are not sure that they can save his eye." Another, Anna Prutskova, was hit with a baseball bat.
Despite two people being hospitalised as a result of the attack, the police who attended the scene said there was no evidence of a crime.
The community group alleges that around a month ago several posts on social network site, VK, called for people to attack the community centre.
The La Sky Centre has released a statement saying the attack is a result of the escalation of a homophobic climate in the city.
“Those who foster the feelings of hatred on the ground of sexual orientation or gender identity including politicians and religious leaders must be accounted for it.
“This attack aimed at the office of organisation for prevention of HIV and STDs is an indication that pogrom-makers progressed from attacking activists during street rallies to attacks on closed private social events.”