MOSCOW—Thousands of people stood in silence at an anti-government rally in downtown St. Petersburg, Russia, on Wednesday night. The demonstrators demanded an end to violence against Russia’s LGBT community and political opposition. The minute of silence was devoted to the victim of a terrible murder, Yelena Grigoryeva, a 41-year-old gay activist who was stabbed to death last week. A pedestrian found her body in some bushes near Pulkovskaya Street on Sunday. There […]
Shocked to learn of the murder of #humanrights LGBT activist Yelena Grigoryeva in St Petersburg on Sunday. Minority groups & those who speak out are not safe in #Russia because #humanrights simply don’t exist.There is only repression, kangaroo-courts and state-sanctioned violence
— Kateryna Zelenko (@KaterynaZelenko) July 23, 2019
First, St Peteresburg police refused to react on death threats directed at #LGBTI activist #YelenaGrigoryeva. Now, .@sledcom_rf does not think that her brutal murder could have been a #hatecrime. We call for prompt investigation and justice for Yelena! pic.twitter.com/RJWk0GHUUe
— Amnesty Eastern Europe & Central Asia (@AmnestyEECA) July 24, 2019
Yelena Grigoryeva was listed as a target of anti-LGBTQ violence. Then she was found dead.
Putin needs to be held accountable for the rampant persecution of LGBTQ people on his watch. And the U.S. president should defend human rights—not coddle dictators. https://t.co/GcnkSvpNEb
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) July 23, 2019