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Russia: young gay man tortured to death

Mon 13 May 2013 In: International News

Russian authorities say a gay man was sexually assaulted with beer bottles and had his skull smashed with a stone, as he was tortured to death. The naked and beaten body of the 23-year-old was found in the courtyard of an apartment building in Volgograd on Friday morning. “He was raped with beer bottles and had his skull smashed with a stone,” Natalia Kunitskaya, a spokeswoman for the Volgograd region branch of the Investigative Committee, told AFP. She went on to admit that the attack was believed to have been a hate crime. Two men, aged 22 and 27, have been detained. Authorities say the victim was drinking with two men, who started beating him when he told them he was gay. Gay rights campaigner Nikolai Alexeyev has said: “This monstrous incident in Volgograd demonstrates the fruits of the homophobic policy that is being conducted in this country, including the initiative to ban homosexual propaganda.”     

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Monday, 13th May 2013 - 12:36pm

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