This LGBT activist found brutally murdered in Russia is believed to have been butchered by bigots spurred on by a notorious anti-gay website inspired by the movie ‘Saw’.
Yelena Grigoryeva, 41, had been stabbed at least eight times and her body – found near her home in Russia’s second city and cultural capital of St Petersburg – also showed signs of strangulation.
Fellow activists say she had been featured on a website – inspired by the Saw horror movie franchise – which encourages people to hunt down sexual minorities.
The website was blocked in Russia last week but friends of Ms Grigoryeva fear it had already provoked the attack which claimed her life.
Georgy Markov said: “A reminder: Yelena was listed on the homophobic ‘Saw’ website which has long threatened LGBT activists across the country.”
And opposition campaigner Dinar Idrisov added on Facebook: “She has recently fallen victim to violence and had often been threatened with murder.”
Police have reportedly arrested and detained a suspect in connection with her murder. However, cops have yet to comment on the case.
Photographs posted on Facebook page showed Ms Grigoriyeva holding placards at various rallies and protests in recent months.
She had campaigned on a range of issues and had been arrested at LGBT protests as well as at rallies highlighting other issues from corruption to torture.
Ms Grigoriyeva’s death has sparked a debate on social media where many online commentators posted tributes to the activist.
Netizen ‘Nadezhda Belova’ said: “How many more sacral sacrifices does this country need to wake up? She stood for freedom of the individual.”
‘Gayane Melkonyan’ commented: “People still die for freedom, God, what a nightmare”, and ‘Olena maksymenko’ added: “It is very painful. condolences to friends and relatives!”
Many LGBT people say they face open hostility in Russia. There are currently no laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation in Russia.
Activists say violent homophobic attacks have increased since Russia banned ‘homosexual propaganda’ toward children in 2013.
The Saw horror movies, which began with the 2004 cult movie Saw has become one of the highest grossing horror franchises of all time, but have been criticised as ‘torture porn’ by critics.
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